Sure, vey possible. There were quite a few grey market cars back then ( German mostly ) , although I don't know if that grey market also included cars from Italian makers, especially prestigious exotics. But since that particular car had a rather "mysterious" history to start with, and considering I did not buy it from a dealer, nor the previous owner, when coupled with the fact that it was in an accident and in a questionable condition, it could very well have been a European allocation car which somehow ended up in Cleveland . I only saw only one other Maserati ( not sure what model it was ) during the entire decade I lived there .Thanks!
You Merak must have been a very early car, most probably a Euro-spec version, as I don't think the factory began building US-spec cars until 1974, or late-1973 at the earliest.