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PROJECT MERAK - RESTORATION FROM THE GROUND UP.


Here at Bowker we think it is important to keep a little part of history alive, thats why we are currently restoring a Maserati Merak from the ground up.

Stay tuned for progression updates along with pictures through the stages.

Background information.

The name Merak did not refer to a wind, as was customary in this period, but rather to a star from the Great Bear constellation. The styling was derived from the general shape and proportions of the Bora, but the fastback shape was cut vertically right behind the seats and only 'flying buttresses' above the rear bootlid maintained a continuous silhouette. This innovative visual trick was once again the work of Giorgetto Giugiaro.

The Maserati Merak was introduced in 1972, essentially a lighter version of the Maserati Bora. It substituted an all new Maserati designed quad-cam three litre V6 motor for the Bora's larger V8; resulting not only in a lower cost, but with room for a small backseat and better handling due to lower weight and a better front/rear weight distribution. Aesthetically, the Merak differed from the otherwise very similar Bora; mainly in sporting open flying buttresses instead of the Bora's fully glassed rear, the mid-engine Merak used the Bora bodyshell, but the extra space offered by the smaller engine was used to carve out a second row of seats, suitable for children or very small adults. The engine was remarkable for its compactness, allowing a five-speed gearbox to be mounted ahead of it in the front-engined SM. It lent itself perfectly to being mounted amidships in the Merak, providing a more accessible alternative to the Bora, As with the Bora, certain Citroën hydraulic systems were used in the Merak such as the brakes, clutch and headlight pods. In 1976 Maserati introduced the more powerful and lighter Maserati Merak SS.  Production of the SS stopped in 1982. Its engine produced 15% more power, raising horsepower to 220hp and weight was reduced by 152kg to 1,400kg; resulting in a top speed of 152mph. Late Merak SS were bestowed with the interior and dash of the Maserati Bora.

This rare righthand drive Merak SS is one of the last to be manufactured, finished in the classic Italian red with tan leather interior. This car has only covered 42,700 miles from new with 40,000 of them completed before 1988, substantiated by the history file and old MoT's which come with the car. Throughout the history of this car it has been very well maintained including a major overhaul in 1988 by Bill Mcgrath Maserati Specialists.

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