1982 Maserati Merak 2000  Chassis no. AM122/D3384 Engine no. AM122D3384
Lot 12
1982 Maserati Merak 2000
Chassis no. AM122/D3384 Engine no. AM122D3384
Sold for € 78,200 (US$ 91,259) inc. premium

Lot Details
1982 Maserati Merak 2000  Chassis no. AM122/D3384 Engine no. AM122D3384 1982 Maserati Merak 2000  Chassis no. AM122/D3384 Engine no. AM122D3384 1982 Maserati Merak 2000  Chassis no. AM122/D3384 Engine no. AM122D3384 1982 Maserati Merak 2000  Chassis no. AM122/D3384 Engine no. AM122D3384 1982 Maserati Merak 2000  Chassis no. AM122/D3384 Engine no. AM122D3384 1982 Maserati Merak 2000  Chassis no. AM122/D3384 Engine no. AM122D3384 1982 Maserati Merak 2000  Chassis no. AM122/D3384 Engine no. AM122D3384 1982 Maserati Merak 2000  Chassis no. AM122/D3384 Engine no. AM122D3384 1982 Maserati Merak 2000  Chassis no. AM122/D3384 Engine no. AM122D3384 1982 Maserati Merak 2000  Chassis no. AM122/D3384 Engine no. AM122D3384 1982 Maserati Merak 2000  Chassis no. AM122/D3384 Engine no. AM122D3384 1982 Maserati Merak 2000  Chassis no. AM122/D3384 Engine no. AM122D3384 1982 Maserati Merak 2000  Chassis no. AM122/D3384 Engine no. AM122D3384 1982 Maserati Merak 2000  Chassis no. AM122/D3384 Engine no. AM122D3384 1982 Maserati Merak 2000  Chassis no. AM122/D3384 Engine no. AM122D3384 1982 Maserati Merak 2000  Chassis no. AM122/D3384 Engine no. AM122D3384 1982 Maserati Merak 2000  Chassis no. AM122/D3384 Engine no. AM122D3384 1982 Maserati Merak 2000  Chassis no. AM122/D3384 Engine no. AM122D3384 1982 Maserati Merak 2000  Chassis no. AM122/D3384 Engine no. AM122D3384 1982 Maserati Merak 2000  Chassis no. AM122/D3384 Engine no. AM122D3384 1982 Maserati Merak 2000  Chassis no. AM122/D3384 Engine no. AM122D3384 1982 Maserati Merak 2000  Chassis no. AM122/D3384 Engine no. AM122D3384 1982 Maserati Merak 2000  Chassis no. AM122/D3384 Engine no. AM122D3384 1982 Maserati Merak 2000  Chassis no. AM122/D3384 Engine no. AM122D3384 1982 Maserati Merak 2000  Chassis no. AM122/D3384 Engine no. AM122D3384 1982 Maserati Merak 2000  Chassis no. AM122/D3384 Engine no. AM122D3384 1982 Maserati Merak 2000  Chassis no. AM122/D3384 Engine no. AM122D3384 1982 Maserati Merak 2000  Chassis no. AM122/D3384 Engine no. AM122D3384 1982 Maserati Merak 2000  Chassis no. AM122/D3384 Engine no. AM122D3384 1982 Maserati Merak 2000  Chassis no. AM122/D3384 Engine no. AM122D3384 1982 Maserati Merak 2000  Chassis no. AM122/D3384 Engine no. AM122D3384 1982 Maserati Merak 2000  Chassis no. AM122/D3384 Engine no. AM122D3384 1982 Maserati Merak 2000  Chassis no. AM122/D3384 Engine no. AM122D3384 1982 Maserati Merak 2000  Chassis no. AM122/D3384 Engine no. AM122D3384 1982 Maserati Merak 2000  Chassis no. AM122/D3384 Engine no. AM122D3384
1982 Maserati Merak 2000
Chassis no. AM122/D3384
Engine no. AM122D3384
*One of a mere 213 produced
*Same owner for 32 years
*New Pirelli tyres
*All original books and tools

Maserati followed-up its first mid-engined supercar - the Bora - with the similar Merak. Launched in 1972, the latter was intended as competition for Ferrari's top-selling Dino 246 and used a stretched, 3.0-litre, 190bhp version of the Citroen SM's four-cam V6. The French firm owned Maserati at the time so the Merak made use of the SM's transmission and power-operated, all-disc braking and - more controversially – Citroen's quirky instrumentation, though this applied to left-hand drive cars only, right-hand drive examples using the Bora's more conventional fascia. The unitary-construction chassis and all-independent suspension remained basically as the V8-engined Bora's, though the Merak offered the convenience of '+2' seating in the rear and superior all-round vision thanks to its distinctive rear 'flying buttresses'. Like any true thoroughbred, the Merak possessed handling commensurate with its breathtaking acceleration and 140mph-plus maximum speed. The Merak was tested by Motor magazine in April 1974, attracting praise for its excellent handling and adhesion, striking appearance, ample accommodation for two, good performance and lack of noise.

Competition from Ferrari's new Dino V8 prompted the introduction of a more powerful version - the Merak SS with 220bhp engine and revised, more conventional interior - for 1975, ZF transmission being adopted shortly after. There was also a 2.0-litre Merak 2000 version, produced especially for the Italian market to take advantage of tax concessions. The most successful Maserati of its day, the Merak ceased production in 1983 after 1,832 examples had been built, 213 of which were the 2.0-litre version.

This matching numbers Merak 2000 was the property of the same owner for 32 years before 2014. Finished in Champagne with beige interior, the car has covered only 36,197 kilometres from new and is presented in generally very good condition. It retains the original radio and has new Pirelli tyres. Offered for sale by a Maserati collector, this rare 2.0-litre Merak comes with all its original handbooks and tools, Italian registration document and ASI papers.

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