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1975→1983 Maserati Merak SS

1975→1983 Maserati Merak SS

1975→1983 Maserati Merak SS

Upgrades for the Merak SS included larger carburetors and a higher compression ratio, working together with a 50 Kg reduction in weight. A front grille between the pop-up headlights identified the car, whilst inside the cabin the Citroën-derived dashboard was replaced by a design drawn from the V8 Bora following production efficiencies.

Some minor chassis revisions further improved the car, which could now reach speeds in excess of 240 km/h. The SS remained the most powerful version of the Merak, although a development prototype (designed with the American market in mind) was tested with a turbo-charged 3 litre engine. The project never reached production.

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In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
type Series Production Car
production years 1975 – 1983
built at Italy
production 1000
price $ $ 27,620
engine 90° V6
position Mid
ignition Electronic
valvetrain DOHC, 2 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed 3 Weber 42 DCNF Carburetors
displacement 2965 cc / 180.9 in³
bore 91.6 mm / 3.61 in
stroke 75.0 mm / 2.95 in
compression 8.5:1
power 164.1 kw / 220 bhp @ 6500 rpm
specific output 74.2 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 127.91 bhp per tonne
torque 265.7 nm / 196 ft lbs @ 4500 rpm
body / frame Unitary Steel Monocoque
wheel type Aluminum Alloy
front tires 195/70 VR 15 X
rear tires 215/7 0 VR 15 X
front brakes Vented Discs w/ Vacuum Assist
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
curb weight 1720 kg / 3793 lbs
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, 0.97:1, 0.76:1
final drive 4.38:1
top speed ~244.57 kph / 152 mph
0 – 60 mph ~9.1 seconds
0 – 100 mph ~24.8 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile ~17.0 seconds
fuel capacity 85 litres or 22.44 gal.


Auction Sales History


1978 Maserati Merak SS AM122.A.US.2258 – sold for $44,000 Maserati produced just 1,236 Meraks between 1972 and 1982; thus, the car on offer is one of only 312 SS models produced for the U.S. market. Factory records state that it was delivered to Maserati Automobiles, U.S.A., Inc., on October 17, 1977. It still wears its original Argento silver paint and Racing Blue Connolly leather interior, and all of the U.S.-spec emissions and safety equipment is present and operable. The car wears a mild patina of honest use and enjoyment, underscoring its originality. The factory triple Weber carburetors have recently been cleaned and synched, and they operate properly. According to its owner, the Merak fires easily, runs well, doesn’t overheat, and is an absolute joy to drive. The consignor also notes that all mechanical and fluid services are current (next due at 15,000 miles). Included with the car is a complement of factory owners, parts, and shop manuals, as well as a notebook of articles and sales material.
Auction Source: 2014 Arizona by RM Auctions


1977 Maserati Merak SS – sold for $33,000 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.
Auction Source: 2007 Monterey Preview