Formerly owned by Dodi Al-Fayed - 17000km - no. 352 of 781
|Brand:||Maserati (More lots)|
|Model Type:||Merak 3000|
|Registration papers:||with Finnish registration|
|Condition:||In very good condition|
The Maserati Merak represents the then new 1970s supercar concept. Only 781 Merak 3000 models were produced, making them real collector’s items today. This particular vehicle is unique not only for its rarity, but also for its paint colour (only a handful are believed to have received this shade of green) and its provenance. Keep reading to discover this car’s connection to royal affairs.
Italian track and sports car manufacturers (Maserati, Ferrari and Lamborghini) began to build mid-engine sports cars in the 70s, a new design at the time. By placing the engine in the centre of the car, resting on the front of the rear axle, one could achieve optimal weight distribution. These cars were produced in such small numbers and were aimed specifically at more niche buyers. With materials being manufactured in low quantities, special construction and high quality came with a high price tag. The Maserati Merak faced competition with the Ferrari 308, the GT 4 and the Lamborghini Urraco, all very similar in terms of performance and structure. There wasn’t much difference in price, and they’re all great additions to any classic collection, however money can’t buy a story and this Merak has just that: a story.
Serial number 352 was built in 1973 in Maserati’s Italian factory to fulfil an order from Egyptian car collector Mohamed Al-Fayed, billionaire and father of Dodi Fayed who also owned the car for a time. In 1980, the car was transported to London, the home of his permanent luxury car collection.As a man of means, Dodi led a life of luxury, not all that dissimilar to that of his romantic interest. In July 1997, he began a relationship with Diana, Princess of Wales. They went on a nine-day holiday together with Fayed’s family to the south of France. Upon returning from this holiday, they stopped in Paris intending to spend the night and at the entrance to the Place de l'Alma underpass, the fatal accident occurred.
Expert Advice - Michael Footitt, Catawiki Classic Car Auctioneer/Expert
“This 1973 Maserati Merak 3000 has got all the things to make this the best car on the market today. To start off, it's a Maserati Merak, add in the rare colour, the limited number made, the low mileage of around 17,000 km and well you've got yourself a fantastic car! What I feel brings this car above the rest is its history. Having personally seen all the paperwork to confirm the history, this is one car that you don't want to let slip away!
There is only one way the price and value of this car will go, and that's up.”
Matching numbers car, totally original and has never been restored and only driven only 17000km.
We have the original wheel that still have the original tires fitted from the 70’s.
Included is the original sales brochure with this car displayed, also the original leather samples for the interior.
There are a few marks and minor scratches on the body.
Also looking at the car, the front left corner paint is a slightly different shade (see last two photos) compared to the rest of the car. You can only really notice it if you know it is there.
Other than that the car is in superb condition.
Mechanically it is also very good, as would be expected with this low milage.
The vehicle can be viewed and inspected at any time and is to be done so prior to any arrangements of transport, this way you can be 100% sure that you will be happy with the purchase and both parties can insure a hassle-free and pleasant transaction.
This is a used vehicle. It is highly advisable to view the vehicle before bidding, to avoid disappointment afterwards. To arrange a viewing appointment or for more info, please contact Catawiki. Offers are excluding transport and export, unless otherwise indicated.
The seller prefers the lot to be picked up
The seller prefers the lot to be picked up from Valkeakoski (Finland). Shipping is possible by arrangement only. Costs of shipping are at the buyer's expense.
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