I spotted the classic 70s wedge shape of a Maserati Merak SS at the NEC Classic car show in November. Overshadowed at the time of production by the more powerful Maserati Bora, which I still have my Matchbox version of and I'm looking at it from where I sit typing this, the Merak seems to now be growing in popularity as a classic.
SS stands for ‘Super Sport’ and describes the most powerful version with 220HP (My own Photo)
Closely related to the Bora
The Merak was a mid-engined 2+2 sports car produced between 1972 and 1983. It was very closely related to the Bora, with some of the same body panels and structure, but with a smaller 3L V6 to the Bora's 4.7 L V8. The idea was that the Merak would be more useable as a 2+2 using the extra cabin space gained by using a smaller engine, in size and power, a second row of seats was added.
Merak SS Detail (My own photo)
Merak SS (My own Photo)
Maserati Merak SS
The Merak SS was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in 1975, 50 kg lighter than the original Merak and with a power increase to 220 PS (162 kW; 217 hp), the SS is recognizable from a black grille between the pop-up headlights. It also featured new interior trim and a redesigned dash.
Recent sales at classics auctions have seen the Merak steadily increasing in price and it was generating interest at the show.
What do you thinK? I like it, but then I still have my Matchbox model Bora, and Ferrari 308, so I like 1970s wedges. Let me now what you think in the comments below.