1982 Maserati Merak SS - RHD
1982 Maserati Merak SS - RHD
- 1 of just 300 RHD examples of the desirable SS
- Just 27,000 miles from new with fully stamped service book
- Subject to a bare metal respray in the 1990's, new sills in 2013/4
- Stunning to drive, wonderful Giugiaro design and values are on the rise
Citroen took a controlling interest in Maserati in 1968 and with it a desire to create a new supercar to rival their Ferrari and Lamborghini competitors whom they knew were working on mid-engined models. First they created the Bora model, run by a 4.7lt V8 engine and although exceptionally quick it was also comfortable, easy to live with and offered proper luggage space. It was well received so the following year Maserati released a 3.0 litre V6 engined model to accompany it called the Merak. Its smaller engine allowed greater cabin space and a second row of seats making it a genuine 2+2.
The later versions where rebadged as the SS and these had lost 50kg in weight and gained 30bhp, raising the output up to 220bhp, thanks to larger carburetors and a higher compression ratio. A black grill between the pop-up headlights easily identifies the SS range.
Only in recent years has the Merak been recognized as the superb sports car that it is. Stunning Giugiaro coachwork, coupled with free revving engines and excellent brakes makes this a very versatile, stylish and rare period supercar. Of all the Meraks, the late, original right hand drive Merak SS, fitted with the Bora interior is the one to have. SWJ 444Y is a low mileage, matching numbers example in excellent condition.
The car was originally delivered to an owner in the North-East of England who within a few years sold it to an owner in London. By 1987 it belonged to Peter Older who owned the car for 25 years. During Mr Olders ownership the Merak was given a bare-metal respray (photographs of this work come with the car) and maintained regardless of cost. It was used sparingly but regularly until 2012 when oversea employment meant that he could no longer keep it and he sold the car to a family friend John Mayhead.
John Mayhead used his experience as owner of an Italian classic car specialist company to continue the Merak’s recovery back to its former glory. During the period 2012-2014 he spent over £14,000 on various work including:
- The top end of the engine being rebuilt with stainless steel valves replacing the infamous Sodium-filled originals.
- Carburettors stripped, ultrasonically cleaned and rebuilt with new seals, jets and diaphragms etc.
- The fuel tanks were removed, any repairs needed were done and then it was all refitted (a common weak point).
- The sills were cut out and replaced.
- All suspension bushes have been renewed as well as the gear link bushes.
- Air intake and spare wheel removed, refurbished and refitted.
- Wheels professionally refurbished and fitted with brand new Blockley tyres.
- Interior refurbished and detailed
- Various hidden box sections were waxoiled to prevent further corrosion issues.
The car passed its MOT with no advisories in April 2015. All servicing is recorded in its servicing booklet, showing a full history from new, including the odometer reading of 44,830Km (27,856 miles) from new to be correct. The car comes with original spare wheel, jack, car cover and owner’s manual.
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