20k: Eggplant Camembert: 1975 Maserati Merak

This Maserati Merak dates from a time when Citroën owned Maserati — say what??  From 1968 through 1975, Maserati was owned and operated by Citroën resulting in the ultimate combination of Italian style with French flair for the dramatic.  The result is a healthy serving of Eggplant Camembert…which sounds equally wonderful and horrific at the same time….but I’d take a bite.  Find this 1975 Maserati Merak offered for $23,800 in Marina del Ray, CA via craigslist.

The French ownership of Maserati lasted until Citroën itself went bankrupt and everybody was subsequently bailed out by his respective (and protective) regional government.  Merak production continued after Citroën bowed out via funds provided from GEPI (Societa di Gestioni e Partecipazioni Industriali dello Stato Italiano) and subsequently went under the control of Alejandro de Tomaso.  The initial design (and this 1975 example) used a slightly modified Bora bodyshell, but mechanically was heavily influenced by the Gauls, and it shares parts like the engine/dashboard with the Citroën SM.

Behind the small rear seats (yeah, a 4 passenger mid-engined sports car) is a 3.0 liter V6 borrowed from the Citroën SM that puts out 190 horsepower.  The Citroënification didn’t end with the engine, as the clutch hydraulics, brake hydraulics and headlamp pods were also shared with the French car that looked like it came from outer space.

The interior of this Merak is going to need significant restoration, but I’m sure there are all kinds of aftermarket places that make Merak parts…no, you say?  Well, I’m sure junk yards are full of…no on that too?  You are going to have to either be very good at building stuff from scratch or be wealthy enough to pay someone else to do it for you. 

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