1978 Maserati Bora 4.9  Chassis no. AM 117/49-US 960
Lot 123
Offered from long-term California ownership
1978 Maserati Bora 4.9
Coachwork by Giorgetto Giugiaro
Sold for US$ 132,000 inc. premium

Lot Details
1978 Maserati Bora 4.9  Chassis no. AM 117/49-US 960 1978 Maserati Bora 4.9  Chassis no. AM 117/49-US 960 1978 Maserati Bora 4.9  Chassis no. AM 117/49-US 960 1978 Maserati Bora 4.9  Chassis no. AM 117/49-US 960 1978 Maserati Bora 4.9  Chassis no. AM 117/49-US 960 1978 Maserati Bora 4.9  Chassis no. AM 117/49-US 960 1978 Maserati Bora 4.9  Chassis no. AM 117/49-US 960 1978 Maserati Bora 4.9  Chassis no. AM 117/49-US 960 1978 Maserati Bora 4.9  Chassis no. AM 117/49-US 960 1978 Maserati Bora 4.9  Chassis no. AM 117/49-US 960 1978 Maserati Bora 4.9  Chassis no. AM 117/49-US 960 1978 Maserati Bora 4.9  Chassis no. AM 117/49-US 960 1978 Maserati Bora 4.9  Chassis no. AM 117/49-US 960 1978 Maserati Bora 4.9  Chassis no. AM 117/49-US 960 1978 Maserati Bora 4.9  Chassis no. AM 117/49-US 960 1978 Maserati Bora 4.9  Chassis no. AM 117/49-US 960 1978 Maserati Bora 4.9  Chassis no. AM 117/49-US 960 1978 Maserati Bora 4.9  Chassis no. AM 117/49-US 960 1978 Maserati Bora 4.9  Chassis no. AM 117/49-US 960 1978 Maserati Bora 4.9  Chassis no. AM 117/49-US 960 1978 Maserati Bora 4.9  Chassis no. AM 117/49-US 960 1978 Maserati Bora 4.9  Chassis no. AM 117/49-US 960 1978 Maserati Bora 4.9  Chassis no. AM 117/49-US 960 1978 Maserati Bora 4.9  Chassis no. AM 117/49-US 960 1978 Maserati Bora 4.9  Chassis no. AM 117/49-US 960 1978 Maserati Bora 4.9  Chassis no. AM 117/49-US 960 1978 Maserati Bora 4.9  Chassis no. AM 117/49-US 960 1978 Maserati Bora 4.9  Chassis no. AM 117/49-US 960 1978 Maserati Bora 4.9  Chassis no. AM 117/49-US 960 1978 Maserati Bora 4.9  Chassis no. AM 117/49-US 960 1978 Maserati Bora 4.9  Chassis no. AM 117/49-US 960
1978 Maserati Bora 4.9
Coachwork by Giorgetto Giugiaro

Chassis no. AM 117/49-US 960

4,930cc DOHC V8 Engine
4 Weber Carburetors
320bhp at 5,000rpm
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes


*One of only 564 Boras produced between 1971 and 1980
*Late production 4.9-liter example
*Offered from long-term California ownership
*Very original car throughout
*A rare and underappreciated Italian thoroughbred



THE MASERATI BORA

The brilliantly-styled and powerful Ghibli of the late 1960s proved that Officine Alfieri Maserati S.p.A. still knew how to build a fast and elegant sports car. A few years later, the Modenese firm again prevailed upon Giorgetto Giugaro and his new Italdesign studio to create a new mid-engined two-seat coupe, which would become known as the Bora. Giugaro produced a steel chassis and body monocoque on a 102-inch wheelbase. The first several hundred examples were powered by Maserati's proven 4.7-liter 90-degree V8, later transitioning to a more powerful 4.9-liter version, which offered more torque. All of these powerplants could trace their basic design back to the famous 450S competition coupes.

The block and cylinder heads were of were aluminum alloy, with the engine mounted longitudinally behind the cockpit. The suspension, laid out by the talented Giulio Alfieri, comprised upper and lower wishbones with coil springs at both ends. A separate steel rear subframe cradled the engine, a five-speed ZF transaxle, and the rear suspension, which effectively reduced the transfer of noise and vibration to the passenger compartment. Engine output of the 4.9 was a healthy 320bhp, enough power to propel the Bora to a top speed of 162 mph (260 kph), placing it squarely in what was then supercar territory.

Named for the maritime winds that blow off Italy's Adriatic coastline, the Tipo 117 Bora featured handsome Campagnolo alloy wheels, and a brushed stainless steel roof and windscreen pillars. The interior was quite luxurious, with its deep bucket seats, dash, door trim, center console and rear bulkhead trimmed in leather. Electric windows were standard equipment, and most cars also were fitted with air conditioning. Well-received ever since its introduction at the 1971 Geneva Auto Show, the Bora has proven to be a fast and durable GT, exuding the edgy styling that made Italdesign world-famous.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This end-of the run, 4.9-liter Bora was part of a small collection of high-performance Italian sports cars assembled by their late owner in northern California, but for some reason, rarely driven. This rare Bora is currently finished in Maserati Red, but it appears to have been originally painted yellow. During its long storage, this handsome automobile became a home to rodents, reflected by some obvious damage to the interior, portions of which will need to be repadded and reupholstered. The felt engine cover has suffered damage as well. The car's engine was found to still be in running condition. Because of its lengthy period of inactivity, though, this Bora will require a thorough recommissioning of its hydraulic systems, and replacement of consumable items such as tires, belts, hoses and other rubber components – a comprehensive mechanical going over will be required before use.

At the end of the day, however, its next owner can look forward to enjoying one of the most iconic Italian supercars of the 1970s, which are only now coming into their own on the collectors' market. With a list of original Bora owners including the Aga Khan, and Carlo Ponti, Sophia Loren's husband, the next owner of this Bora joins an exclusive owner's club, indeed.

Without reserve

Footnotes

  • Please note that this vehicle is titled as a 1979.
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