You Know You Want To: Maserati Merak

Maybe it's riddled with tin worm and at some point in the first few miles of ownership some bits of metal within the engine stand a good chance of whacking some other bits of metal they shouldn't ever touch, but hang on a minute.

Utterly gorgeous and temptingly cheap...
Utterly gorgeous and temptingly cheap...
Doesn't this look like a lot more than £25K to you?

I know, I know - it's only got a 220hp V6 and the one on Top Gear was producing about half that, but just look at it. I think it's so pretty.

Black suits it well, as do tan innards. It'll cost a reasonable sum to stop it falling apart and you can pretty much guarantee that on the few sunny UK days you actually want to use the thing it will refuse to start. At which point you will become a proper 70s Italian car fan.

If, like me, you would love to own a Bora but flinch at the prices, the Merak SS must be the next best thing. This or a Focus ST?

Actually, don't answer that.

Why you should: Utterly seductive alternative to a modern hot hatch...
Why you shouldn't: ...the potential for financial and emotional ruin that any 70s Italian sports car threatens

See the original advert here. And while you're at it have a browse of some of the other stuff on the dealer's stocklist!



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  • V8 FOU 29 Oct 2012

    Much as I love Masers, I think I would go for a 3200gt. Still a heartbreak car - but slightly less so....

  • mister.t 29 Oct 2012

    Can't remember the last time I saw one of these, very nice looking cars!

  • mat205125 29 Oct 2012

    The Top Gear ape trio ruined these cars.

    Before their programme they were (and still are to "our kinds of eyes") fantastically interesting, aloof, and desireable pieces of automotive art.

    To the majority of the population they are now those "crappy unreliable slow pieces of crap that break all the time".

    Is the truth, with emotion and media influence removed, somewhere between the two? ..... Irrelevent really, as you could never buy such a car without it being an emotional decision.

    Love this Maser, but its the Lambo Japla or Siloette that I covet.

  • Dave Hedgehog 29 Oct 2012

    very pretty car

  • GranCab 29 Oct 2012

    Lovely car - and the dealer's website is pure car and bike porn ...

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