1982 MASERATI MERAK SS
A magnificent RHD example with concours paint, rebuilt engine and retrim. The best!
History of this car
The exquisite Merak was Maserati’s offering in the hard fought 3 litre junior supercar category. Our car, chassis 653, is an SS model, lighter and more powerful than preceding Meraks. The SS is fitted with bigger carburettors, has a higher compression ratio and improved trim including the Bora dashboard.
Our example is a Tipo AM122/A factory RHD car, manufactured in February 1982 and thought to be one of about 300 made. Featured in Classic & Sportscar magazine, our car has been owned by a fastidious individual who has adopted a cost no object approach to his Maserati. As such, this Merak has been through the workshops of Italian car specialist DTR, where it has received a concours standard repaint, retrim and fully rebuilt engine, amongst other works.
The impressive history file records around £75,000 have been spent on this car in the last few years to bring it to the exceptional standard it presents in today, with all restoration reflecting high quality workmanship respecting originality; the Maserati Classiche certification with the car confirming it is today in the original colour scheme and fitted with its original engine (matching numbers).
The Giugiaro design body presents spectacularly with excellent panel fitment (not a given with this model) and correct gaps throughout. Repainted in 2016, the glass like paint finish in the original classic Maserati red “Rosso Fuoco” is probably better than new and is without blemish.
All the glass is lovely on this car, along with very nice exterior trim and lenses. The refinished Campagnolo magnesium wheels are unmarked and the overall presentation of this Merak will satisfy the most discerning person.
Only 1000 miles ago our Merak benefitted from an extensive engine rebuild with new pistons, liners, chains, valves, main and big end bearing shells and a full lighten and balance of the crankshaft.
The clutch assembly, including hydraulics have been replaced, the Weber carburettors rebuilt and a stainless sports exhaust system fitted, together with a new LHM tank.
The engine bay is very correct in presentation and all components have been expertly refinished, including vapour blasting the engine block and heads, and gold passivating of many engine fittings.
Our Merak was recently fitted with correct Michelin XWX tyres all round and is sold with a fresh MOT.
The Merak’s interior is simply gorgeous. Retrimmed to original specifications, so black leather – the seats, carpets and door cards have been redone, with the dashboard being trimmed in the right “mouse hair” material.
Our car is fitted with a Becker Monza radio/tape player. Everything works including the clock, and you can enjoy this leather lined cocoon in comfort with cold, re-gassed air conditioning.
The luggage compartment – generously sized for this type of car – is in unmarked condition.
This beautifully resolved example of a classic Maserati is ready for shows, events or simple enjoyment as the great sports car it was intended to be. A matching numbers Merak in ultimate SS guise, in the best colour scheme, it must surely be amongst the very best examples out there and is priced competitively for an early sale.