1977 Maserati MerakSOLD

RM Auctions - Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction - August 16-18

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Estimate: $40,000-$50,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $33,000

190hp, 2965 cc dual overhead camshaft 90-degree V6 with Weber 42DCNF carburetors, five-speed synchronized gearbox, suspension by independent coil springs, stabilizing torsion bar and telescopic dampers, ventilating disc brakes. Wheelbase: 102.3"

In the world of automobiles, there is no telling what might happen at any turn in the road. For those who have followed the life and cars wearing the Maserati badge, there are few surprises left in the world that haven ’ t hit the company represented by Neptune ’ s trident.

After World War II, the marque had a record in motorsports that was the envy of the world, including another Italian car maker over in Modena. Through a series of business transactions, it seems that the passion for winning at such venues as Le Mans, Monaco and even Indianapolis took a back seat to becoming a financially viable concern. By the early 1970's, while many car companies around the world were setting out to worry how many miles to the gallon they could get, Maserati was looking to attract customers with new sleek designs. As a marketing move, starting in the late 1960's, exotic winds from far-off lands began to lend their names to new models from this revered company, Mistral, Ghibli, and in 1972, the Merak.

Wearing sheet metal designed by Italdesign ’ s founder Giugiardo, these cars were as sleek and slippery as the name they inspired. In base form they were quick and somewhat affordable when compared to competitive Italian sports coupes. Then in 1976, shortly after the arrival of new management in the form of Alejandro DeTomaso, the Merak SS was born. With a bigger V6 engine rated at 190 horse and with an "advertised" top speed of 153 mph, this was a force to be reckoned with.

Awaiting the high bidder here is a premier example of this exciting model, the Merak SS. Finished in Fly Yellow with it original black leather interior, just 30,900 miles from new have been clocked on this beauty. Originally from California, its succession of owners has each taken very seriously the honor of being in charge of this vehicle ’ s well-being with regular maintenance and making sure no abusive practices had to be endured by this powerful machine. Recently, more than $22,000 has been invested in upgrades to this car including up dating the air-conditioning system to the new eco-friendly R-134 refrigerant, plus a fresh set of tires mounted on the original alloy wheels, new motor mounts, and even a new state-of-the-art stereo sound system. Considered one of the most affordable of all Italian supercars of the 1970s, the new owner of this Merak SS is sure be smiling when he takes to the road, looking cool and driving cool, with those around just as envious as drivers were when names like Fangio and Moss were driving Maserati race cars to victory on a weekly basis.

Reference Number 10135

as of 6/1/2007

Car 1977 Maserati Merak
VIN AM*122AUS*2266 
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