Maserati Bora 4.7 litres coupé 1973  Chassis no. AM117278 Engine no. AM117278

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Maserati Bora 4.7 litres coupé 1973
Chassis no. AM117278 Engine no. AM117278

Sold for € 184,000 (US$ 199,014) inc. premium
Maserati Bora 4.7 litres coupé 1973
Chassis no. AM117278
Engine no. AM117278
Châssis n° AM 117 278
Moteur n° AM 117 278

•Première supercar Maserati à moteur central
•L'une des 564 construites
•Livrée neuve en Italie

La vedette du Salon de Genève 1971 fut incontestablement la sensationnelle nouvelle Maserati Bora. Avec la présentation de la Bora, le grand constructeur de Modène emboîtait le pas des autres constructeurs de supercars en adoptant le moteur central et en abandonnant simultanément le traditionnel châssis tubulaire en faveur d'une construction monocoque. Baptisée du nom d'un vent de l'Adriatique, la Bora était l'œuvre du studio de Giorgetto Giugiaro, Ital Design, du moins en ce qui concerne sa carrosserie. Le moteur central était le V8 quatre arbres bien connu dans sa version 4, 7 litres, la boîte transaxle à cinq rapports venait de chez ZF et la suspension indépendante par triangles aux quatre roues était signée Giulio Alfieri, un des créateurs de la monoplace 250 F de Formule 1. La Bora, un des premiers modèles de la nouvelle génération après le rachat de Maserati par Citroën, faisait appel à la technologie hydraulique de Citroën pour le réglage des sièges et du pédalier, pour les phares escamotables et pour les excellents freins assistés. Une ligne fluide et 310 ch en faisaient une voiture rapide – sa vitesse de pointe atteignait 258 km/h – et les accélérations, la tenue de route et le freinage de la Bora étaient à l'avenant.

En janvier 1976, la direction de Maserati avait apparemment envisagé d'arrêter la production de la Bora, mais plus tard dans l'année décida de la prolonger avec son moteur V8 porté à 4, 9 litres. Au total, seulement 25 Bora furent construites cette année-là et la production totale de 1971 à 1978 fut de seulement 571 voitures. Le modèle fut abandonné en 1979. Le magazine Motor concluait son essai de mars 1973 par ces mots : « La Bora nous a impressionné, c'est à notre avis l'une des meilleures et des plus civilisées sportives à moteur central que nous ayons essayées, mieux conçues que beaucoup de ses concurrentes et extrêmement gratifiante à conduire, notamment sur les petites routes ». Que peut demander de plus le passionné ?

La Bora est une vraie supercar à tout point de vue, hier comme aujourd'hui. Cette magnifique Bora 4, 7 litres a été livrée neuve à son premier propriétaire en Italie en 1973. En 1976, la voiture était exportée en Suède où elle resta jusqu'en 2014. On nous précise que le moteur a été professionnellement révisé dans les années 1980 et la peinture refaite en 2002, tandis que l'intérieur reste entièrement d'origine. La voiture tourne et marche parfaitement, grâce à un entretien méticuleux par le passé, le système hydraulique assurant toutes ses fonctions. Jaune avec intérieur en cuir noir, cette fabuleuse Maserati Bora est vendue avec son manuel (copie), diverses factures et ses papiers d'immatriculation suédoise.

1973 Maserati Bora 4.7-litre Coupé
Chassis no. AM 117 278
Engine no. AM 117 278

•Maserati's first mid-engined supercar
•One of only 564 built
•Delivered new in Italy

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 Grand Prix car. One of the first 'new generation' models to appear following Maserati's acquisition by Citroën, 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 over 160mph (258km/h) - and the Bora had acceleration, handling and braking to match.

By January 1976, Maserati's management apparently had discussed shelving the Bora but later that year decided to continue, though with an enlarged 4.9-litre V8 engine. Only some 25 Boras were made that year, and the total produced from 1971 to 1978 was only 564. The type was finally phased out in 1979. Motor magazine concluded its March 1973 road test thus: 'The Bora impressed us as one of the best and most civilised mid-engined exotics we've tried, better developed than most of its ilk and immensely rewarding to drive, especially to drive fast on cross-country roads.' What more could any enthusiast want?

The Bora was a stunning supercar by any standards, both then and now. This beautiful 4.7-litre Bora was delivered new to its first owner in Italy in 1973. In 1976 the car was exported to Sweden where it remained until 2014. We are advised that the engine was professionally overhauled in the 1980s and the paintwork renewed in 2002, while the interior remains absolutely original. The car is said to run and drive excellently thanks to careful maintenance in the past, the hydraulics working well in all functions. Finished in yellow with black leather interior, this stunning Maserati Bora is offered with a (copy) owner's manual, sundry invoices and Swedish registration papers.
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Maserati Bora 4.7 litres coupé 1973  Chassis no. AM117278 Engine no. AM117278
Maserati Bora 4.7 litres coupé 1973  Chassis no. AM117278 Engine no. AM117278
Maserati Bora 4.7 litres coupé 1973  Chassis no. AM117278 Engine no. AM117278
Maserati Bora 4.7 litres coupé 1973  Chassis no. AM117278 Engine no. AM117278
Maserati Bora 4.7 litres coupé 1973  Chassis no. AM117278 Engine no. AM117278
Maserati Bora 4.7 litres coupé 1973  Chassis no. AM117278 Engine no. AM117278
Maserati Bora 4.7 litres coupé 1973  Chassis no. AM117278 Engine no. AM117278
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