1972 Maserati Merak

1972 Maserati Merak

1972 Maserati Merak

The Maserati Merak was produced from 1972, when it was introduced at the Paris Auto Salon, until 1983. During this time two special models were made, the Merak SS and the Merak 2000 GT. The SS was built as a high-performance version of the car. It had a ZF gearbox and tuned engine. The 2000 GT was built specifically for the Italian market. It featured a detuned engine built to cope with high taxes.

At the center of the Merak is a quad-cam V6. It is mounted just before the rear wheels much like the maserati Bora. Infact, the Merak is a derivative of the Bora, sharing the same wheelbase, front-end and braking system. .

Unlike the Bora, the Merak has a completely redesigned rear end. Giogetto Giugiaro’s design is clean and simple. The engine sits below and entirely flat hood which makes for good rear-ward vision. Two non-structural, butresses help carry the roofline over the rear of car.

The engine itself is the same power unit used in the Citroen SM. Infact, due to a union between the Maserati and Citroen, the Merak uses many Citroen components. The instruments, brakes, single-spoke steering wheel and transmission are entirely Citroen. Infact, the mechanicals found in the rear of the car are more Citoroen than Bora based.

Back in the early seventies, demand was growing for Automakers to make smaller cars. Emissions limits and pollution taxes were starting to to sculpt the sports-car market. This explains the move to the smal V6 engine and the motivation behind the Merak 2000 GT. In 1972, Maserati and Citroen created a contem

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
type Series Production Car
built at Italy
price $ $ 20,000
engine Citroen, 90º V6
position Mid-Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
valvetrain DOHC, 2 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed 3 Weber 42DCNF
displacement 2965 cc / 180.9 in³
bore 91.6 mm / 3.61 in
stroke 75 mm / 2.95 in
compression 9.1:1
power 141.7 kw / 190.0 bhp @ 6000 rpm
specific output 64.08 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 130.76 bhp per tonne
torque 254.89 nm / 188.0 ft lbs @ 4000 rpm
body / frame Unitary Steel Monocoque
driven wheels RWD
wheel type Cast Alloy
front tires 185/70VR15 Michelin XWX
rear tires 205/70VR15 Michelin XWX
front brakes Girling Ventilated Discs
rear brakes Citroen Solid Discs
front wheels F 38.1 x 19.0 cm / 15.0 x 7.5 in
rear wheels R 38.1 x 19.0 cm / 15.0 x 7.5 in
steering Rack & Pinion
f suspension Double Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Telescopic Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspension Doble Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Telescopic Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar
curb weight 1453 kg / 3200 lbs
weight distro 42 % / 58 %
wheelbase 2600 mm / 102.4 in
front track 1474 mm / 58.0 in
rear track 1447 mm / 57.0 in
length 4335 mm / 170.7 in
width 1768 mm / 69.6 in
height 1134 mm / 44.6 in
transmission 5-Speed Manual
gear ratios 2.92:1, 1.94:1, 1.32:1, 0.94:1, 0.73:1
final drive 4.85:1
top speed ~217.3 kph / 135.0 mph
0 – 60 mph ~9.0 seconds
0 – 100 mph ~26.0 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile ~16.5 seconds
fuel capacity 87.06 litres or 23 gal.


Auction Sales History


1977 Maserati Merak SS – sold for €44,080
The car on sale has been in the capable hands of its owner since 1989 and was restored in 2004. Parts were ordered from Campana in Modena, the dealer closest to the plant. The odometer shows 23,000km and is equipped with air conditioning. This is the rarer SS version and since the 3.0-litre engine was rebuilt, the car has covered only 5,000km, says the owner. The paint has been redone and the edges of the waistline have been softened to bring the lines of the car closer to that of the Bora. The chroming of the bumpers from origin gives a very beautiful effect. The wheel rims are bolt-on specials by the talented racer Claude Svelig and they are shod with Michelin XWXs. The windshield is tinted and is new. The black leather upholstery has been redone in the excellent workshops of Antoine. And the car does not have the complicated and troublesome Citroën hydraulic system. This beautiful Maserati Merak SS with its lovely Ital Design-Giugiaro designed body is rare and underrated, but will surely provide its new owner hours of pleasure at the wheel.
Auction Source: 2012 Artcurial Motorcars à Rétromobile