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- 1 of only 65 Maserati Merak "Tipo 80" ever built
- last and best evolution of the Merak with "Bora" dashboard and without Citroën technology
- Exhibition vehicle from the 1981 Geneva Motor Show
- very nice original interior
- attractive color combination
- "matching numbers" engine
- Maserati Certificate
In the late 1960s, Maserati decided to develop a modern mid-engine sports car. Right from the start, two different models were planned, and so, in addition to the two-seater Bora, the Merak was also designed from the outset as a 2+2 seater. Powered by a powerful 3.0 V6 Maserati engine, it competed with the Ferrari 308 GT4 and GTB, as well as the Lamborghini Urraco.
Unlike earlier models, Maserati did not name the car after a wind, but after the Merak, a star in the constellation "Big Bear".
The Merak was first presented at the Paris Motor Show in October 1972.
The body of the Merak corresponds to the Bora up to the passenger cell. Due to the use of the shorter V6 engine two small seats could be installed and turned the car into a 2+2.
The design of the V6 engine is based on an eight-cylinder engine developed by engine genius Guido Alfieri. At that time, Maserati was part of the Citroën Group and so Maserati supplied the engine for the SM. While it had a displacement of only 2.6 liters in the SM, it was increased to 3.0 liters for use in the Merak and initially produced 190 PS (140 kW). The earlier cars up to 1975 still had a lot of Citroën technology such as the high-pressure hydraulics for the brake system and also the cockpit in the style of the SM. Maserati produced about 580 cars of this first version.
In 1975, the Argentinean entrepreneur Alessandro de Tomaso took over Maserati from Citroën and introduced new engine variants in the Merak. On the one hand, from 1976 onwards there was a cheaper model with a 2.0 liter capacity, the 2000 GT, as cars with a capacity of more than 2.0 liters were subject to twice as much VAT in Italy. Of this initially 170 PS (125 kW) variant, 195 vehicles were built. The power output was further reduced to 159 PS (117 kW) during the course of production.
Also in 1975, the more powerful Maserati Merak SS was introduced, which with 220 PS (162 kW) was considerably more powerful and replaced the basic version. Externally, the SS differs from the basic version by a black ventilation grille on the boot and a front spoiler. It also got a new square dashboard and a four-spoke steering wheel. For the 1979 model year, the Merak's output was reduced to 209 PS (153 kW). With 993 units, the SS is the most common version of the Merak.
In 1980, the last and best version of the Maserati Merak SS was released - the Tipo 80, which featured a powerful conventional brake system instead of the Citroën high-pressure hydraulics. In addition, the brake discs were now mounted on the wheel carrier and no longer on the differential in the center of the car. The power output was also increased again, so that the Tipo 80 again produced 220 PS (162 kW) in the European version, reaching 245 km/h. Cosmetically the main change was the use of the more upscale Bora dashboard. This is bent towards the driver and is much nicer than the other dashboards.
The rare Tipo 80 offered by us was built by Maserati in February 1981 and, according to the factory archives, was subsequently exhibited at the Geneva Motor Show. The elegant color combination was perfect for the show. The exterior color "Celeste Chiaro" was combined with an interior in Connolly leather in "Senape" and dark brown accents.
Old registration documents show that the car was registered to number plate MO 888888, which according to our information was a factory number plate.
The first private owner was then Silvano Gaggioli, who got the car delivered by the dealer Autosport di Domenico Scardovi s.r.l. from Bologna. Until 1996, the car remained in Italy and was then sold to Austria.
The owner history in Austria is completely documented by the Austrian papers on hand.
Since 2014 the car has been with the current owner in Germany and is being well cared for and driven regularly.
The car has been repainted many years ago in the original color. The very nice interior is still original and has a light patina. Technically the car is ok and drives very well.
For me personally, the Merak is one of the most beautiful post-war sports cars and has, apart from the elegant bodywork, a very pretty interior, which is underlined by a great color combination in this case. But what really impressed me about the Merak Tipo 80 was its great handling, even compared to other sports cars of its time, like the Ferrari 308 and especially the heavier models like a Ghibli or a Daytona.
As a Tipo 80 it is mature and very rare. Being the show car from the 1981 Geneva Motor Show it is also an historically important example.
The car is available for an inspection by appointment only in 33415 Verl, Germany. We are happy to show you the car and the documents and have a lift available as well.
Please contact us if you wish to obtain further information.
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