Classic Car Catalogue
Total production of the Indy between 1969 and 1975
consisted of 1,104 cars (440 4.2-litre cars, 364 4.7-litre cars and
300 4.9-litre cars). Citroën went bankrupt in 1974 and on 23 May 1975, the new controlling group PSA Peugeot Citroën declared that Maserati is also in administration. The company was taken over by Alejandro de Tomaso. De Tomaso, with aid from GEPI (Societa di Gestioni e Partecipazioni Industriali dello Stato Italiano), had arranged for the Benelli motorcycle company, which he controlled, to buy Maserati from Citroën and install him as managing director.
Merak (V6 cyl, 2965 cm³, 190 cv)
MASERATI MERAK £7,807
Mid-engined, but with space for two small occasional seats behind the main pair, the Merak is a less expensive and roomier alternative to the Bora, with which it shares major body panels. Its engine is a V6, an enlarged version of the one in the SM Citroen, instead of Bora's V8. A hydraulic pump operates the pop-up headlamps and the Citroen-type power-operated disc brakes.
Bora 4700 (V8 cyl, 4719 cm³, 310 cv)
Bora 4900 (V8 cyl, 4930 cm³, 330 cv) - US only
Bora and Merak for the US market.
Khamsin (V8 cyl, 4930 cm³, 320 cv)
MASERATI KHAMSIN £11,000 approx.
Influences from Maserati's association with Citroen emerge in the Khamsin coupe. The power steering for example, with effort varying according to speed and automatic return action is derived from the SM. The engine is set well back for good weight distribution, leaving space for the spare wheel in the front. Brakes are operated by hydraulic pressure pump. Independent rear suspension is used, with the differential on a sub frame.
Quattroporte (V6 cyl, 210cv)