1975 Maserati Merak
This 1975 Maserati Merak is in Celeste Chiaro with Black.
A numbers matching Merak with a factory installed SS motor.
S/N # AM 122US2166
motor no. 610.092
It has the SS lightening frame holes and is a transitional Merak. It is not badged as a Merak SS as the first year for the SS was 1976.
The complete motor rebuild and mechanical restoration was performed by a noted specialist who has rebuilt more than 210 vintage Maserati V6 motors. Numerous performance upgrades were made as part of the mechanical restoration, and many of the upgrades reduced weight. (Estimate more than 100 pounds of weight removed.)
The just completed rebuilt Weber 44 DCNF carbs, new clutch, euro headers, stainless steel Larini performance exhaust system, new custom adjustable rear shocks and springs (original shocks/springs are included), new front shocks, all new suspension bushings, new steering damper and tie rods, new tires, new hoses (including metal pipes from the motor to radiator), a Pertronix high energy electronic ignition conversion, a lightweight/high torque starter, rebuilt headlight risers, rebuilt electric window motors, rebuilt brake calipers, recored radiator, and rebuilt radiator fans.
The all new air conditioning system uses a new, more efficient, and lighter rotary compressor, a new dryer, and all new A/C hoses. The transmission was opened and inspected before it was reinstalled.
Upgrades and improvements for the motor include installation of solid stainless steel exhaust valves (to replace original hollow/sodium filled exhaust valves), modern upgraded timing chains, a thicker oil pump drive shaft, and other improvements that specialists in this motor developed over the years. (The SS motor has the latest and best timing chain tensioner provided by Maserati.) The LHM system for the clutch, brakes, and headlight lifts was also rebuilt.
The common but hidden rust problems found on most Meraks, even in excellent shape, were corrected. Rusted metal in the gas tank enclosure areas was removed and new metal welded in place. The gas tanks were sent to Gas Tank Renu for refurbishment (at $450 each/$900 for both). Rusted metal at the front lower edge of the trunk (boot) floor was removed and new metal welded in place. Several pictures taken as the restoration was in progress are included to document this work.
New components installed such as the suspension, exhaust system, and motor were restored and are documented.
The motor is expected to have between 300 and 500 miles on it after the rebuild when it is sold. Until it reaches about 1500 miles after the motor rebuild (or about 33,000 miles on the odometer) it should be driven at varying speeds and low to mid-range RPM. Higher RPMs after reaching about 33,000 miles on the odometer.
The wheels are the original Merak Campagnolo wheels.
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