1973 Maserati Bora 4.9-litre Coupé
Chassis no. AM117 49 574
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 favour 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 bodyshell was concerned; the mid-mounted engine was Maserati's familiar four-cam V8 in 4.7-litre 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 car. 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 around 1973 a 4.9-litre 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. Only some 25 Boras were made that year and the total produced from 1971 to 1978 was only 571. The type was finally phased out in 1979.
The Bora was a stunning supercar by any standards, both then and now. According to Maserati Classiche, this 4.9-litre example was built in June 1973 and finished in Argento Auteuil with red leather interior. In the same month it was sold through the Maserati importer in the United States. At some time the car returned to its native Italy where it underwent a thorough service at official Maserati specialists Candini of Modena. Works undertaken include overhauling the pop-up headlight mechanism, water pump, steering box and air conditioning system, including filling with modern R134 gas, together with cleaning the carburettors as well as more mundane service items. Components renewed include the front brake discs, front shock absorbers and front wheel bearings. Accompanying invoices for these works, which were carried out in January 2013, total 13,479.40. Dating from the period 2009-2013 and totalling some 3,795, other invoices on file from a workshop near Modena are for works including overhauling the radiator and fitting various new parts. The car has also clearly benefited from a recent high quality re-spray, while the original leather interior is still in very good condition throughout. Offered with Italian registration documents for export, the car is now fitted a 'km/h' speedometer and correct European specification exhaust system and bumpers.