This rusted-out 1979 Maserati Merak has just been listed for $16,000

The frame of the mid-engined sports car is split in two and rusted within an inch of its life. Despite this, one seller in Poland thinks it's worth $16,000.

by | Published on 23rd Jan 2023

Would you pay $16,000 for this rusty old 1979 Maserati Merak? 

One seller in Krakow, Poland is advertising it as a restorer’s dream and thinks it’s worth the hefty price tag.

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The listing shows the 1979 Maserati Merak SS in total shambles. 

For starters, the frame of the mid-engined 2+2 sports car is split in two.

It almost looks as if someone’s taken a chainsaw to the body and cut it straight down the middle. 


Not only is the exterior rusted within an inch of its life, the interior has also been completely neglected.

The 1979 Maserati doesn’t have a windshield, leaving the once-beautiful interior completely exposed to the elements.

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Despite all this, the seller, Cady_fat_cat, says the car is quite the prize. 

The listing says it’s got original Campagnolo wheels, the original three-spoke steering wheel, and a “most sought-after driver-oriented dashboard”. 

The Merak apparently also has power windows, but whether or not they still work is unknown.

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Cady_fat_cat goes on to describe the car as “mostly complete”. 

And they’re not wrong. 

It does have all the parts, they’re just not in one piece anymore. 

So, if you’re in the market for a “mostly complete” Maserati Merak, you know where to go. 

About the Maserati Merak

Maserati made less than 2000 units of the 3.0-liter V6 Merak between 1972 and 1983.

And it made just 1000 of the SS version advertised here.

The base price of the Merak was about $20,000 when it first rolled out, but now you’d be expected to pay about $60,000 for a good-condition Merak today.

In fact, this 1979 Merak we found on Dyler.com was listed for €87,000.

So, maybe the $16,000 Merak advertised here is a deal afterall. 

We’ll leave that up to prospective buyers to decide. 



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Kate Bain is the Page Editor at supercarblondie.com. She is based in Dubai and coordinates coverage of the latest news across automotive, technology, and lifestyle. Kate has a bachelor's degree in business and post graduate in journalism. She is an experienced editor and journalist who has worked for News Corp, Daily Mail Australia, and Sky News. When she's not at work, you'll find her attached at the hip to her dog, Thor.

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