1973 Maserati Bora
Design by Giorgetto Giugiaro
Chassis no. AM117 49US652
Engine no. AM107 1149648 (see text)
4,136cc DOHC V8 Engine
4 Weber Carburetors
Approximately 300bhp at 6,000rpm
5-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*One of only 564 Boras produced
*Delivered new through US importer Bob Grossman
*Elegant color combination
*Known ownership history since new
*Highly underrated 1970s Italian supercar
The Maserati Bora
The highlight of 1971 Geneva Salon was undoubtedly the sensational new Maserati Bora. With the Bora's introduction, the great Modenese manufacturer followed other supercar constructors in going mid-engined, while at the same time abandoning its traditional tubular chassis technology in favor of unitary construction. Named after an Adriatic wind, the Bora was the work of Giorgetto Giugiaro's Ital Design, at least as far as its body shell was concerned; the mid-mounted engine was Maserati's familiar four-cam V8 in 4.7-liter form, the five-speed transaxle came from ZF and the all-independent double-wishbone suspension was penned by Giulio Alfieri, co-designer of the legendary 250F Formula 1 single-seater.
One of the first 'new generation' models to appear following Maserati's acquisition by Citroen, the Bora used the latter's hydraulic technology to adjust seats and pedals, raise the headlamps and operate the excellent power-assisted brakes. A slippery shape plus 310bhp made for a very fast car - top speed was around 258km/h - and the Bora had acceleration and handling to match. From 1973 a 4.9-liter version became available, boasting an extra 20 horsepower and commensurately improved performance. By January 1976, Maserati's management apparently had discussed shelving the Bora but later that year decided to continue, with the model finally phased out by 1979. Despite its great performance and enviable spec sheet, the total number produced from 1971 to 1979 was only 564. The Bora was a stunning supercar by any standards, both then and now, and can be considered a great value as an extremely limited production Italian supercar of the 1970s.
The Motorcar Offered
According to Maserati Classiche, this Bora was built in September 1973 as a US market, 4.9-liter example, and finished in Oro Kelso Gold over black Connolly leather interior. It was fitted with Campagnolo wheels and a manual ZF five-speed transaxle. The new Maserati arrived in the US later in 1973, and was here received by legendary Bob Grossman Imports in Nyack, New York. Grossman distributed the car to Continental Motors of Hinsdale, Illinois, who sold the car to its first owner, a Mr. Pasqualli Colucci of Chicago, Illinois. The Bora is believed to have remained in Mr. Colucci's ownership through 1983, when another Illinois resident, Mr. Rocco Claps, purchased the car.
From here the Bora went to Colorado in 1995 when it was acquired by Dr. Jerry Bartley, before being purchased by Carl Haas, a motorsports legend well-known as team owner of the legendary Newman-Haas racing team.
Finished today in a very tasteful dark blue metallic, with beautifully contrasting Cuoio brown leather interior, the Bora presents extremely well. It should be noted that the engine installed in the car appears to be from an earlier Tipo 107 Maserati Quattroporte. The indicated mileage of less than 37,000 is believed to be the actual figure since new. A recent re-commissioning included an engine out service with the installation of a new clutch, while the brakes and air conditioning system were serviced. Offered here without reserve, Bora appear to represent excellent value, especially when compared with their contemporary competitors from Ferrari and Lamborghini, which have escalated in value by leaps and bounds while Boras seem to remain somewhat undiscovered. A very attractive example of Maserati's striking V8 supercar, this Bora is poised to provide high-speed thrills in superior 1970's style.