Bora and Merak photoshoot
We loved the BBS’d Merak from last week so much that we went searching for more, eventually coming across this incredible photoshoot featuring a Merak and its bigger brother. It’s too bad the Merak appears to be saddled with inelegant US regulation impact bumpers, though— typical of the era.
Images by Ron Dell’Aquila
And if you’ve ever wondered how the two are different:
The Maserati Bora had been launched in 1971 and represented the typical Maserati GT concept, with its big classic 4.7-litre V8 and the beautiful line sculptored by Giorgetto Giugiaro.
A year later, in 1972, Maserati introduced what could be considered a Bora ‘Junior': the Merak, not named after a wind this time but after a star from the constellation ‘Ursa Major’.
The Merak utilised a great part of the structure of the chassis of the Bora and the body design was placed once more in the hands of Giugiaro who cleverly maintained the Bora’s overall shape; but the new car was powered by a 3-litre V6 directly derived from the Maserati engine already in use in the Citroën SM.
Consequently the price of the Merak was substantialy lower than that of the prestigious Bora; the new model being aimed at a potentially larger market (source).
Forget the engine differences for a moment— which look do you prefer, the Bora’s fully glassed rear or the Merak’s open buttresses?