|1974 Maserati Merak|
1974 Maserati Merak was one of the “cars to own” if you were into super cars in the 1970’s. it’s Italian, sporty and stylish even by today’s standards.
What can I say there are certain cars that legends are made of this happens to be one of those cars a 1974 Maserati Merak.
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The Maserati was made popular, to my generation anyway, by the Joe Walsh song life’s been good. I had never seen an actual Maserati until our trip (Captain and I) to the Auto Barn in Charlotte. This is just one of the many rare cars they have in their collection for sale. At any rate I just stood there in awe at this automobile icon, remembering my dad playing “life’s been good” probably a lot louder than he should been on one of our many trips as a youth to northern Michigan. We used to leave after he got off of work at 12 am when he decided to go for the weekend. Those were long dark trips but hey family is family and memories of my youth I’ll never forget and I am glad I didn’t miss.
At any rate the car was a beautiful piece of craftsmanship. I now understand what the song was talking about. It is truly a car for the financial elite. This one crossed my path and I’ll never forget it or the memories it brought back. The shoot however was not optimum. The Auto Barn, while housing millions of dollars in rare street and racing cars (after all we are in Charlotte) has rather poor lighting for photography, and the cars are generally too close together so getting a good usable image is tricky, but not impossible. Because of the proximity to other distractions (rare cars) this one was isolated in photoshop and the background replaced. I believe it turned out rather well. This would be a good looking final product for someone’s man cave.
One of the interesting things about the Merak is that it came with a 3.0 liter v-6 as opposed to a v-8 motor. Of course, being a sports car it had a manual transmission. The smaller motor allowed the car to have a small back seat. Now that seat was small as was the area it allowed for legroom. So much so that only a child or small adult could fit in it but the vehicle was considered a 2+2 instead of a two seat vehicle. The car was significantly less expensive than its counterpart the Maserati Bora. It also had a production run of 2 ½ times that of the Bora.
As far as collect-ability and price the Merak does not command anywhere near the price that the Bora with the V-8 does due to its smaller motor and its production figures.
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