The Oil Crisis of 1973 had a profound and punitive impact on large engine cars. As a means of adapting to the environment, Maserati equipped the Merak with a modified version of their C.114 engine – already made for Citroën.
Unlike its sibling the Bora, the Merak was able to be fitted with two little rear seats thanks to the smaller engine, and it contained a significant number of Citroën components. Over the following years, newer versions of the Merak contained fewer of these components.
Then in 1976, with the oil crisis a distant memory, a lightweight, powerful rendition was born: the Merak SS.
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