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Lot 79

2016   |   Amelia Island Auctions 2016

1976 Maserati Merak SS

SOLD $60,500

Estimate

$80,000 - $100,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

AM122/A*1338*

Car Highlights

Specially Ordered Directly from the Maserati Factory
Accompanied by Maserati Classiche Documentation
Originally Specified with Bora-Type Grille
Rare as One of an Estimated 970 Merak SS Models Built
Fresh Engine-Out Service; Only Two Registered Owners from New

Technical Specs

2,965 CC DOHC Aluminum V-6 Engine
Three Weber Twin-Choke Carburetors
220 BHP at 6,500 RPM
5-Speed ZF Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Ventilated Disc Brakes
4-Wheel Independent Suspension, with Coil-Over Shock Absorbers
Register to Bid

Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, Maserati’s Merak was largely derived from the Bora and powered by a tuned version of the renowned Citroën SM V-6 engine. As Maserati’s challenge to Ferrari’s 308 and Lamborghini’s Urraco, the Merak remains a renowned driver’s car, especially in lighter, higher-output SS tune. Only some 1,639 Meraks were built, including approximately 970 in SS form.

While visiting the Maserati factory, Delena Joyce Jones was so enamored with the Merak SS that she ordered this example on April 27, 1976, in Argento Metallizzato (Silver Metallic) with options including a Bora-type grille, air-conditioning, Italian EE tourist plates, a tool kit, and accessories. While blue velvet upholstery was specified, the Merak was delivered on June 1, 1976, to Mrs. Jones in Tanneron, France, with blue Connolly leather and a Blaupunkt radio substituted for the originally specified Philips unit.

Records confirm this Merak was routinely serviced over the years and consistently document its low mileage. The current paint finish was applied for the Merak’s second caretaker, who acquired it in 1988. Now displaying a light patina commensurate with limited use and careful enjoyment, the Merak SS further benefits from a recently completed major engine-out service. Offered with the original spare assembly, maintenance records, service books, original owner’s manual, and Maserati Classiche package confirming original details, this Merak SS boasts unique styling and legendary Maserati performance.