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  • RefCode: DIY1216757
  • Body Type: Hardtop - Coupe
  • No. of Doors: 2

This car presents like new, with classic orange paintwork, refreshed 13B Bridgeport Turbo along with updated ECU, Turbo, Intake manifold, Race Diff

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  • RefCode: TA1208565
  • Body Type: Hardtop - Coupe
  • No. of Doors: 2
  • Capacity - cc: 2,965

Details: Oldtimer Australia is delighted to offer for sale this striking Australian delivered, factory right hand drive Maserati Merak. The documentation on file from Maserati Classiche confirms that this car was completed on the 11th June 1974 and sold to Auto Italia in Melbourne. Its production date makes this quite an early car. The car was originally delivered in orancio (orange) with a dark grey velvet (velour) interior. Apart from being sold new into Adelaide, the early history of this car is not known. The earliest documentation on file is a South Australian registration certificate dated 30th October 1987 and a transfer of ownership to a Mr H Clisby dated 1st May 1988. At that time the car was registered as UMZ 377. There is a detailed write up on file from a previous owner, a Mr Don Venn from Adelaide, in which he mentions he purchased the Merak in 1990. In his ownership the car was stripped back to bare metal including the engine frame and the engine bay. All corrosion was cut out and replaced with new metal. There are photos on file documenting the work done. The car was then painted using Dulux acrylic lacquer in Ferrari Fly Yellow. Mechanically, the car also underwent a full refurbishment. Everything was assessed and what needed to be replaced was replaced. In 1994 the car was sold to its next owner, Mr Tony Chapman from Sydney, NSW. At that time the car had 74,000 miles on the odometer. Chapman used and enjoyed his Merak through his 22 years of ownership clocking up some 24,000 miles. Chapman sold the car through Shannons 2016 Sydney Spring auction. Its new owner was a classic car enthusiast in Perth. Whilst he loved his new yellow Merak he thought it would look even better finished in its original colour of orange! He engaged the services of Italian car specialists, Auto Delta, in Perth Western Australia to generally freshen up the car and have it repainted. One thing led to another and the car essentially underwent a second restoration. In addition to a repaint, the interior was retrimmed and a significant amount of mechanical work was also undertaken. The mechanical work included overhauling the hydraulic system, cooling system, brakes, steering and fitting a new clutch. The engine was rebuilt, which included refurbishing the cylinder heads and replacing the block which was in poor condition. At that time the odometer read 98,437 miles. After the restoration was complete the car was shown at Perths premier classic car event, the Celebration of the Motorcar in November 2020 where it won the Classic Sports Car class. The cars owner then moved to Brisbane and decided to move in a different direction with his collection. This fabulous Maserati Merak was sold through Oldtimer Australia to its current owner in February 2022, at which time the odometer read 98,537 miles. After the current owner acquired the car he ironed out a few post restoration bugs and had the paint work ceramic coated. He has subsequently regularly used and enjoyed the car. It has been taken to various classic car events in and around south east Queensland, where it has been a regular trophy winner. It won the Peoples Choice award at the Lakeside Euro Day in May 2022 and European Sports category at the Noosa Beach Classic Car Show in July 2022 and again in September 2023. The car was also taken to Auto Italia in Canberra in March 2023 where it was awarded the Chief Judges Choice award. Today the odometer reads 01,912 miles, so in two years of ownership the car has travelled almost 3,400 miles or 5,600 km. It is great to see that the car has been driven, but we should point out it presents even better than when we sold it back in 2022! The Maserati Merak is one of Giorgetto Giugiaros finest pieces of work. The trademark flying buttress softens the look of the car and as a result it carries colour exceptionally well. The first thing youll notice when you walk up to this car is the colour. It is ORANGE, very ORANGE, however, it is just so seventies and it really suits the car. It shows off the lines perfectly and contrasts well with the painted Campagnolo wheels. Overall, the first impressions of the car are really good. It presents exceptionally well and the paint has retained a deep gloss and a mirror like smooth finish. Walking around the car we struggled to find any imperfections. There is a small mark in the swage line of the passengers door and a small bubble in the bottom front of the passengers door. You have to kneel down and look closely to see both. The external trim is minimalistic, however, it is all in very good condition. This includes the bright work, lights/lenses and the glass. The car sits on its original and unique Campagnolo wheels. The wheels are in very good condition with no kerb rash. They are shod with period correct Michelin XWX tyres, size 205/70/15 which are still in excellent condition. They are date stamped 3815 (week 38, 2015). Open the door and you are welcomed by a very good looking interior. These early Meraks had the same dashboard as its big bother, the Maserati Bora. The upholstery is relatively fresh and the seats are in very good condition with no sign of any cracks or tears in the leather. They are comfortable and provide plenty of support. The Merak is a token 2+2 and the two rear seats appear to have never been used, other perhaps for an overnight bag. The centre console, door cards and dashboard all presents equally well. The carpets remain plush and are clean. All the instruments are clear and appear to be in good working order. Under the front bonnet youll find a small boot which is clean and the carpet is in good condition. The engine bay also presents very well. Everything looks clean, neat and tidy. The space saver spare wheel, running a Pirelli tyre that appears to have never been used, sits in the rear of the engine compartment. It is quite an incredible design that the engine sits so far forward in this 2+2 mid engine sports car! On closer inspection everything in the engine bay looks to be essentially correct. Our memory from early 2022 was that this car drove really well. After being fettled, then used and enjoyed we were keen to take the car out for a current test drive. The starting procedure is typically Italian car of that era. Turn the ignition on, allow the fuel pump a little bit of time to fill the Weber carburettors, then give the accelerator pedal a few pumps and turn the key to start the car. It fires up easily, even from cold and the fairly quickly settles into a smooth idle. Out on the road this Maserati Merak is fun to drive. By modern standards it is not fast, but it feels light and nimble on the road. The engine responds quickly to the slightest touch of the accelerator pedal and you often feel like you are travelling faster than you actually are. The Citroen controls are quirky, but once you get used to driving the car it is very rewarding. The gearbox, which should be used to maximise the power band from engine feels precise and direct. The gear changes are smooth both up and down the box. The steering is direct and precise, which coupled with the superb handling ensure that the car feels glued to the road at all times. The brakes are very direct and pull the car up easily and in a straight line. All too soon our test drive comes to an end and we return the car to our showroom. Unfortunately, there are quite a few tired Maserati Meraks out there, which can bring no end of problems. Good cars that are sorted, ready to use and enjoy are few and far between. This car is a very well sorted example of an iconic 70s Italian junior super car which is ready for its next owner to use and enjoy. Accompanying the car is a very good history file, various trophies, a car cover, a copy of a parts manual, a copy of a workshop manual and a copy of an owners manual. Highlights: - Australian delivered, factory RHD early Merak. - Beautifully presented example of this iconic Maserati - Recently restored in its original colour - Good history file - Ready to be used and enjoyed. Price $139,950. Background: The Maserati story is a fascinating one. It is the story of a family with daring, courageous and forward-thinking ideas. The story starts with Rodolfo Maserati, a railway engineer who was employed by the Italian monarchy and the father of seven sons who all had a passion for engine design and racing cars. The Maserati brothers all became involved in the automotive industry in some way or another, however, it was on the 1st of December 1914 that Alfieri, Ettore and Ernesto Maserati officially opened Alfieri Maserati Workshop in Bologna, Italy. Maserati chose the trident logo to adorn its cars. Its design was based on the Fountain of Neptune in Bolognas Piazza Maggiore. The colours chosen for the logo were also the colours of Bologna, red and blue. The business was focused on repairing, servicing and preparing cars, however, the World War cut business short and it wasnt until 1926 that Maserati built its first car, the Tipo 26. It was all about motorsport back then and in 1937 the Orsi family acquired ownership of Maserati which was in desperate need of financial backing to be able to survive. During the Orsi years Maserati grew from a boutique but very successful race car builder to one of the worlds leading manufacturers of hand-built sports and GT cars. Maserati built its first road car in 1946 even though times were tough in post War northern Italy. The car was the Maserati A6 where A was for Alfieri and 6 for the number of cylinders. The initial reception of the car was positive and a production Maserati A6/1500 was then shown at the 1947 Geneva Motor Show. This was a significant milestone in the Maserati legend and subsequent models included the A6G/2000, 3500 series cars, 5000GT, Mistral. Quattroporte, Mexico, Sebring and Ghibli. Maserati also continued to build very successful race cars that dominated tracks around the world including the 250F, 300S, 150S, 450S and the Birdcage. Orsi sold to Citroen in 1968. Soon after, the idea of a two seat mid-engined super car was conceived. It was then in the summer of 1969 the first prototype of Maseratis new car was built. This car was known as Tipo 117 and was ultimately named Bora after a wind from the Northern Adriatic Sea. The car became a reality in relatively short time and it was officially launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1971. Like the Ghibli before it Maseratis new flagship was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, this time for Ital Design. In many ways the Bora was a unique design and its trademark was that its roof and A pillar were finished in brushed stainless steel in contrast the rest of the painted body. The early seventies were tough time for supercar manufacturers as the oil crisis hit hard, effecting the sales of cars with large displacement engines. Maseratis answer was the V6 engined Merak. The Maserati Merak (Tipo 122) was introduced at the 1972 Paris Motor Show and it followed in the footsteps of its big brother the Bora. The models name, chosen by Maseratis commercial director Dominique Drieux, was not a name of a wind and is not to be confused with the Eponymous Indonesian city in Java. It receives its name after a star in the Ursa Major constellation. Like the Bora, the Maserati Merak was designed by Ital Designs Giorgetto Giugiaro and its ancestry is obvious though there are many subtle but significant differences in the cars design. The Merak is one of Giugiaros finest pieces of work. Whilst based on its big brother the Bora, the Merak doesnt have a full glass fastback, but rather a cabin ending abruptly with a vertical rear window and a flat, horizontal engine cover pierced by four series of ventilation slats. Giugiaro completed the vehicles silhouette by adding open flying buttresses, visually extending the roofline to the tail. The Merak is a 2+2 though its rear seats are best described as occasional or for an overnight bag or golf clubs only! Its Italian competitors all ran V8 engines, however, Maserati opted to use a longitudinally mounted 2,965cc V6 engine that had its roots in the Citroen SM. Given the company was owned by Citroen at the time it is not surprising that a number of Citroen components were used, including the engine as well as Citroens hydraulic systems and much of the interior. Maserati built some fabulous cars during Citroens ownership (including the Indy, Bora, Merak and Khamsin), however, times were tough and the company struggled financially. Citroen placed Maserati into liquidation in May 1975 and it was ultimately saved by the Italian government and Alejandro de Tomaso took control shortly thereafter. Interestingly when Alejandro de Tomaso acquired Maserati the Merak underwent a make over of its interior which was well received at the time. In addition to the standard Merak, Maserati brought out the Merak SS in 1976 which was lighter and had a more powerful engine and also the Merak 2000 in 1977 specifically for the Italian market which imposed a heavy tax on cars with engines greater than 2,000cc capacity. The Merak was one of the seventies junior supercars, much like Lamborghinis Urraco and Ferraris 308 GT/4, that was going to tackle Porsche head one and be sold in significant quantities to underpin the cash flow of the company during the oil crisis. The formula made good sense and Maserati enjoyed much success with its Merak and 1,820 examples were built in a twelve year period from 1972 to 1983.

CALL 07 3171 1953
  • RefCode: TA1218937
  • Body Type: Hardtop - Coupe
  • No. of Doors: 2
  • Capacity - cc: 3,929

Details: Oldtimer Australia is delighted to offer for sale this 1974 Lamborghini Jarama S (GTS). The documentation on file details a rich and interesting history of this car dating back to its birth in Italy in 1973. According to a copy of the build sheets on file this left hand drive Lamborghini Jarama S was completed at the factory on 2nd October 1973 and was sold to its first owner, Mr Camnasio Bianca Maria the co-owner of Hotel Bianca Maria in Milan through Achilli Motors in Milan on 6th March 1974. The car was delivered in grigio londra (a silver/grey) with a beige interior. The original Lamborghini libretto di assistenza e garanzia (service and warranty booklet) and factory records both confirm that the car retains its original matching numbers engine. Bianca Maria owned the car for a few years, selling it on the 22nd April 1977 to Charles Curtis Jones, otherwise known as Chuck Jones, the co-owner of the Ensign Formula One racing team. Jones left the car in Europe and used it occasionally. It is understood the car was also used by one of his drivers, Swiss Formula One ace Clay Regazzoni. Around 1980 Jones imported the car into the USA, but never registered there it in his name. The car was given to classic Lamborghini specialist Gary Bobileff in San diego, California to be federalised. It was then sold to Terry Tusher in June 1981. At that time the odometer read 34,999 km. It was in his ownership the car was repainted in its current colour, though it is not exactly known when it was done. In correspondence on file, Tusher describes the colour as silver metallic brown which apparently was a Mercedes Benz colour of that period. Tusher used the car as a daily driver. He initially lived in the San Diego area, but later moved to Honolulu, Hawaii and he took the car with him. Tusher was a long term owner of the car and after some 27 years of ownership engaged the services of classic car specialists Fantasy Junction in California to sell the car for him. They sold the car in April 2008 to John Bauer from Libertyville, Illinois. Bauer intended to completely restore the car but unfortunately life got in the way and he ended up selling it to Lamborghini enthusiast John Britton from Solihull, UK in October 2010. In Brittons ownership the car received a major refresh, which included a repaint, all the bright work was replated, the bumper rubbers were replaced, the interior was retrimmed in the best Connolly leather hides complete with Wilton carpets, the gearbox was rebuilt, a new clutch was fitted, the differential was overhauled, the brake servos were overhauled, a factory original sport exhaust was fitted, all new light lenses front and rear were installed to comply with the UK regulations, new rubber seals were installed, the badges were all replaced and the under bonnet area was meticulously detailed. In total about GBP 20,000 was spent on the car. The current owner acquired the car from Britton in October 2022 and subsequently imported it into Australia. There is an import approval on file dated 6th December 2022. At that time the odometer read 21,900 km (121,900). The car has hardly been used since it arrived in Australia. Today the odometer reads 21,983 km. First impressions of this car are really good. The car is presented in the unique and stunning colour of sand metallic, which really suits the car highlighting its unique Bertone styling. Whilst the paint has retained a high gloss and a strong depth of colour, closer inspection reveals humidity blisters on all panels. It is most likely that the car was not properly prepared when it was last painted. The bright work on the car presents well along with the rest of the external trim, including the trademark Lamborghini and Bertone badges. All the glass presents well with no cracks of chips present. It all appears to be original to the car. The car retains its correct and original Campagnolo wheels which are shod with period correct Michelin 215/70/ R15 XWX tyres. They are date stamped 3522 (week 35, 2022) and are in very good condition. The wheels themselves are also in good condition though the centre caps are faded. Open the door and you are presented with a unique and very good looking interior. It is immediately obvious the car has not been driven much since the interior was retrimmed. The seats are in excellent condition and provide ample support. The rear seats are similarly well presented and appear to have hardly been used if at all. The carpets are also all in good condition with minimal wear shown. The dashboard is in good condition, however, there is some discolouration to the alcantara. A rather unique feature of the Jarama is the positioning of the radio. Contrast to most cars where it is usually mounted in the dash, on this car it is mounted against the roof above the rear view mirror. Currently a period correct Motorola AM radio is fitted. The boot presents well and is carpeted with the same material as the interior. In the boot you will also find an original spare wheel. There is also a hidden switch that will isolate the fuel pumps. Open the bonnet and you will find a well presented engine bay. Everything looks neat, clean and tidy. With the exception of the chrome plated cooling system overflow tank, everything looks to be finished correctly. The underside of the bonnet is neatly trimmed with diamond patterned insulation to keep the heat of the engine away from the paint. Ferruccio Lamborghini loved the Jarama and it was his favourite model. He was quoted as saying: I preferred the Jarama to all the others, because it is the perfect compromise between the Miura and the Espada. The Miura is a sport car for the young at heart who wants to go like hell and love to be seen. Myself, I considered the Miura too extrovert after a while. In turn, the Espada was my Rolls Royce: still quite fast, but also large and comfortable. The Jarama is the perfect car if you just want to have one car. We were keen to see first hand what Ferruccio was talking about and get this Jarama out on the open road for our test drive and photo shoot. The car starts easily from cold if you follow the correct procedure. The Weber carburettors do need some time to be primed before you can start the car when the engine is cold. The correct procedure is to turn the ignition on, wait for at least 15 seconds for the fuel pumps to do their work, then pump the accelerator pedal a few times and turn the key to start the engine. Once the engine catches you have to initially feather the accelerator to keep the revs up and then patiently allow everything to warm before you take the car out on the road. Out on the road this Jarama performed well and the more we drove it the better it got. The engine pulls well, though we suspect the carbs are way out of balance and the car would benefit from a tune. The gearbox is tight and the changes up and down the box are direct and smooth. Whilst the car handles well and it felt tight on the road, there is a slight knock coming from the suspension. During our photo shoot the car attracted plenty of attention. A Lamborghini Jarama is a rare car anywhere, but incredibly so on Australian roads. Most people came over to ask us what it was! Lamborghini only built 351 Jaramas of which there were only 152 Jarama S. They are a very unique car and those get it, will get it! There are no issues to register this left hand drive car in any state of Australia. Accompanying the car is an excellent file describing its full history and ownership as well as a copy of the original build sheets, the original Lamborghini libretto di assistenza e garanzia (service and warranty booklet) in its original leather pouch from Achilli Motors and a copy of a drivers handbook. Highlights: - A very rare car, being one of only 152 Jarama S ever built. - Matching numbers example. - Interesting ownership history. - Unique colour combination. - Use as is or repaint and bring up a level or two. - Competitively priced for a quick sale. Price $199,950. Background: The Lamborghini story is fascinating in itself, but for the company to have survived all these years and indeed celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2013 is quite amazing. Ferruccio Lamborghini was an entrepreneur, a very successful businessman and a lover of the finer things in life, including sports cars. He was fortunate enough to own some wonderful cars including Ferraris however, he found fault with them all. According to the legend following a meeting with Enzo Ferrari to discuss some of the short comings of his cars Enzo dismissed Ferruccio and he subsequently decided that he could build a better car. Not long after, in May 1963, Automobili Ferruccio Lamborghini SPA was established and the small town of SantAgata Bolognese, located between Modena and Bologna, was chosen as the location to build the factory. Born under the Zodiac sign Taurus Lamborghini chose the raging bull as the emblem for his sports cars. Lamborghini knew what he wanted and he put together a highly skilled team. His first car the 350 GTV was shown at the Turin Motor Show in October 1963. This car received mixed reviews; however, Lamborghini was not deterred and made a number of improvements and design changes to the original concept. The first Lamborghini production car the 350 GT left the factory in mid-1964. The 350 GT evolved into the 400 GT 2+2 and later the Islero. In parallel to building these classic front engine V12 GT cars Lamborghini wanted to build a super car, enter the Miura first shown as a rolling chassis in 1965, and also a GT car that could comfortably seat four people, enter the Espada in 1968. The mid to late sixties were good times for Lamborghini and his cars were revered the world over. In 1970 Lamborghini introduced the successor to the Islero at the Geneva Motor Show. The Jarama. It wasnt a simple redesign of the Islero but rather a brand new car using a shortened Espada chassis. The Jarama was powered by the same 3,929cc V12 as was used in the Islero and the Espada. It produced 350hp. Lamborghini produced 179 standard Jaramas. In 1972 Lamborghini introduced the Jarama S, also known as the Jarama GTS. The exhaust system, the cylinder heads and the carburettors received an upgrade and the engine now produced 365hp. The exterior of the car also received some updates as did the interior. Lamborghini produced 152 Jarama S models before production ended in 1976. In a interview published in Thoroughbred & Classic Car in January 1991 Ferruccio Lamborghini stated I preferred the Jarama to all the others, because it is the perfect compromise between the Lamborghini Miura and the Espada. His personal Jarama S is on display at the official Lamborghini museum at the companys factory in SantAgata Bolognese, Italy.

CALL 07 3171 1953
  • RefCode: TA1209784
  • Body Type: Hardtop - Coupe
  • No. of Doors: 2

For sale is one of the rarest Australian muscle cars ever produced. The Leyland Force 7V Coupe, now for sale from Gippsland, Victoria. Leyland's answer to Ford's GT Hardtop, Holden's Monaro GTS Coupe and Chrysler's Valiant Charger R/T. With Leyland's decision to close their Australian manufacturing plant, the Force 7V development was halted and only 10 Force 7Vs escaped the corporate crusher...

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