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The Maserati Merak SS was introduced in 1972 and production ran for ten years. The model was produced in very low numbers, under 2000 were ever made including 993 Merak SS models according to the Maserati owners club. The Merak has the Maserati designed quad-cam V6 engine and in comparison to the V8 powered Bora model running costs are low, there is room for small rear seats and handling is reported to be improved due to a lower weight and better front/rear weight distribution. The rare, Merak has a superb combination of beautiful Italian body styling with excellent performance offering high speed and impressive acceleration.
This low mileage example has a recorded mileage of 20,800 and is presented in exceptional condition. The Maserati has arrived with us having just had a programme of work to including re-commissioning brakes, new steering joints, new suspension bushes and wheel bearings. Over £6500 has recently been spent on a body restoration and full professional re-paint. As a result the car has a stunning, deep paint finish and the bodywork is exceptionally straight with superb panels. The upholstery is original and has aged nicely with a good level of patina.
From the history we know the Maserati changed hands in 1998 at 13,000 miles which is verified with correspondence in the history file. By 2002 the car was sold again with a mileage of 16107. At this point, the car was taken to Bill McGrath Maserati and substantial work was carried out to include new clutch, clutch release bearing, clutch cover and slave cylinder, replacement crankshaft spigot bearing, crankshaft rear main oil seal, lower wishbone bushes, re-faced flywheel, renewed gearbox input shaft, rear brake pads, reconditioned rear brake calipers, re-conditioned LHM hydraulic pump and re-conditioned headlamp switch. Various other work was carried out during this time, totalling in excess of £12000 including the above work. The Merak was treated to a full stainless steel exhaust system, some re-wiring work, re-furbished wheels, new head gasket set, rocker cover gaskets and reassembled camshaft chains. Since this work, just 4000 miles have been covered and due to lack of use has had the recent mechanical expenditure making this car a fantastic opportunity.
On the road the MXI 514 is outstanding with high performance, excellent running gear and is fantastic fun. The car is quick responsive and handles and brakes superbly. This rare model offers a superb driving experience represents excellent value for money. This Maserati Merak SS is ideal for summer use and ideal for collectors looking to purchase low production, high performance cars.