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The V6 Maserati Merak was introduced in 1972, a year after its sister, the V8 Maserati Bora. Both cars shared the front part of the body shell, up to the doors. The main difference in the front end was the introduction of dual chrome bumpers to replace the twin trapezoidal grille. Giugiaro at Italdesign was commissioned to transform his design of the Bora into the Merak. The cabin of the Merak didn’t end with a glassed fastback like the one of the Bora, but with a vertical rear window and a flat horizontal engine bonnet. When the Maserati Merak was introduced in 1972, French manufacturer Citroen, who developed hydro pneumatic system, owned the brand. As a result, the Maserati Merak was fitted with hydraulically assisted and operated clutch and brakes, as well as hydraulically actuated pop-up lights. When Citroen gave up control of Maserati in 1976, those parts were gradually replaced by systems that are more conventional.
Looking to purchase a classic Maserati?
Whether you’re looking for a barn find to restore or a pristine condition 1976 Maserati Merak with a precise set of options and color combination, The Beverly Hills Car Club would love to speak with you. The team is extremely knowledgeable about all classic makes and models, and their Los Angeles-based dealership is a great place to start your adventure. If you’ve done research on the Merak, you probably know that a more powerful variant was introduced in 1976, called the SS. The SS was lighter and horsepower was increased by about 30 hp. A black grille between the pop-up lights characterized the exterior design of the SS, while the elegant and refined interior featured a four-spoke steering wheel and round instruments.
Don’t hesitate to come in the Los Angeles classic car dealership today to view any 1976 Maserati Merak and speak with the experts. In the meantime, feel free to browse the online inventory but remember to call The Beverly Hills Car Club if you don’t find what you’re looking for, as the inventory is moving regularly.
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