1977 Maserati Merak for sale 101078930
1977 Maserati Merak
$109,900
M. Brandon Motorcars
(855) 734-2676
Email
Advertisement
‹ See Similar Results

1977 Maserati Merak

$109,900

Email Dealer

By using this service you accept the terms of Autotrader Specialty's Visitor Agreement.

Advertisement

Related Articles

Vintage Japanese Cars: Nissan's Online Heritage Collection

If you're a fan of vintage Japanese cars, be sure to check out Nissan's online heritage site. There are tons of vintage Nissan pics and specs going all the way back to the 1920s. Each featured car or truck has relevant specs and a little "detail" tab that gives some background on that specific car.

VW Kombi Van Seeing Resurgence in Popularity

The Volkswagen Kombi van reached iconic status, with even a school lunch box fashioned in its image. During those early years, the Volkswagen Microbus morphed into various forms. From a cargo carrier with no windows behind the driver's seat to a windowed passenger van with three rows of seats, the possibilities seemed endless.

Advertisement

Classic Car Overview

  • Extremely rare and desirable SS variant of the Merak, only 312 made

  • Only 12,000 documented miles

  • 100% original paint and interior

  • A desirable late “Bora dashboard” Merak SS with conventional hydraulic brakes

  • One family owned since 1978, a California car its entire life

  • Original owner was Morris Albert, composer and singer of the ‘one hit wonder’ song “Feelings”

  • Fully mechanically serviced and sorted

  • Original books, tools, jack, all registration receipts and records

  • A “best in the world” car, virtually impossible to find another like this

In 1968, Citroen took over Maserati, primarily so that the French firm could leverage Maserati’s engine building talents to manufacture a new high performance engine for the upcoming flagship Citroen SM. Maserati created an all-new V6 engine, initially displacing 2.7 liters, which used to great success in the SM. The resources provided by Citroen allowed Maserati to also develop new models, including the first mid-engine Maserati, the Bora, designed by Giugiaro at his new design firm, Italdesign, and powered by an evolution of the Maserati V8 engine. 

However, Citroen also wanted to take advantage of their investment in the SM V6 engine, and Maserati wanted to have a model to compete against the coming-into-fashion 2+2 mid-engine cars by Ferrari and Lamborghini. Maserati increased the displacement of the engine to 3.0 liters, topped it with three Weber carburetors, and, using the mid-engine Bora as a base design, and taking advantage of the compactness of the V6 engine, added two (quite small) back seats. The large and heavy glass-enclosed engine compartment of the Bora was replaced by a flat panel and, in a genius design stroke by Giugiaro, two flying buttresses connecting the roof and the rear of the car.

Introduced in 1972, the Maserati Merak initially contained Citroen hydropneumatic systems controlling the brakes and the headlights, and the dashboard was taken straight out of the SM. In 1976, the lighter and more powerful Merak SS was introduced, with 220 hp thanks to larger carburetors and a higher compression ratio. In the US market, the SS traded its Citroen hydropneumatics for more conventional hydraulics, further reducing weight and increasing reliability. Ultimately, the later SS cars moved even closer to the Bora design, especially in the interior where the dash was virtually identical to the Bora. 

This particular 1977 Maserati Merak SS is one of the only 312 late SS cars with the Bora dashboard and the conventional hydraulics. Purchased new in 1977 by Morris Albert, the composer and singer of the 70s hit “Feelings”, it was traded back to the dealership in 1978, and purchased by its next owner, who would keep the car for the next 39 years in southern California before it was passed to his nephew in 2017. Virtually unheard of for a Merak, it has never been cosmetically restored, and wears its completely original paint over its 100% original interior. 

This Merak has only traveled 12,000 miles since new, and registration records going back to when the car was purchased document this mileage. In 2017, the previous owner commissioned a complete engine rebuild by Bobileff in San Diego, due to one of the sodium-filled exhaust valves failing. I have personally had all of the other systems of the car sorted out during my ownership over the past year, including re-tuning the carburetors, distributor rebuild, brake system rebuild, A/C system refurbishment, and new Michelin XWX tires installed on all four wheels.

I have personally driven this Merak SS almost 1,000 miles over the past year, including participation in a classic car rally in the Texas hill country, and I have thoroughly enjoyed every mile. The car is completely sorted and needs absolutely nothing, something rarely said about other Meraks. All of the accessories are present: the original books, toolkit, jack, and spare wheel, along with the history of the car since new. This is truly an unrepeatable “best in the world” car, a time capsule, collector and investor grade in every respect, and it would be virtually impossible to find another Merak such as this one. I look forward to speaking with you about this incredible Merak SS; please contact me at michael@mbrandonmotorcars.com or 832-617-0494.

Show More Show Less

Vehicle Specifications

  • VIN
    AM122US2210
  • Classic Car ID
    101078930
  • Stock Number
    N/A
  • Category
    Import Classics
  • Body Style
    Coupe
  • New/Used
    Used
  • Condition
    Finished
  • Mileage
    12,000 miles
  • Engine
    6 Cylinder
  • Drivetrain
    N/A
  • Transmission
    5 Speed Manual
  • Exterior Color
    Silver
  • Custom Color
    Argento

Classic Car Buyer's Tools

Finance

JJ BEST BANC & CO, the leader in classic and collector car financing. Long terms, low rates, quick and easy approvals. J.J. Best offers financing for classic and collector vehicles from antique to modern. Let us help you drive your dream car today! Click or call 1-800-872-1965 to apply now! Click here

Appraisals & Inspections

For the latest and most reliable Classic and Collectible Car prices, values, production numbers and local car clubs, always trust NADAguides.com. Get more info

Suspect Fraud? Report it