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Maserati Merak
In 1972, Maserati introduced the Merak, a kind of 'Junior Bora' that was named after a star. Powered by a 3-litre V6 that was derived from the Maserati V8 engine and already running in the Citroen SM. Giorgio Giugiaro of Ital Design was commisioned for the Merak body, he'd already penned the Bora and the Ghibli. In 1975 the Merak SS was launched with the V6 engine uprated to 220bhp and some of the Citroen technology deleted. When DeTomaso gained control of Maserati they removed even more of the Citroen hydraulics, and eventually created a 2-litre version for Italian taxation benefits.


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Maserati Merak SS - badge on tail panel. 'Merak' is a star in the Ursa Major constellation.
Maserati Merak SS face
Maserati Merak SS. In 1972, Maserati introduced the Merak, a kind of 'Junior Bora' that was named after a star.
Maserati Merak SS front
Maserati Merak SS. 5-litre V8s cannot survive a world recession and Citroen called back Ital design to re-make the Bora into the V6-engined Merak following the 6-day War.
Maserati Merak SS rear
Maserati Merak SS. The main difference between the Bora design by Giorgetto Giugiaro and his Merak design, was the open rear buttresses; much of the rest of the structure was common to Merak and Bora.
Maserati Merak SS side
Maserati Merak SS. The Merak, like the Bora before it, was designed at Ital design by Giorgetto Giugiaro, and much of the Bora was carried over into the Merak. However the shorter 6-cylinder engine meant the Merak was nominally a 2+2 car.
Maserati Merak SS tail
Maserati Merak SS. In 1975 the Merak SS was announced, the 2965cc V6 was uprated to 220bhp and some of the Citroen technology was deleted; this process accelerated as DeTomaso gained control of Maserati.
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