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.
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.
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.