When the Lamborghini Miura came along, the world stood up and took notice. The sports car game would be forever changed and competitors were eager to introduce their own mid-engined models. Under Citroën's ownership, Maserati took to task of developing a successor to the successful Ghibli. First seen at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show, the Bora incorporate a monocoque chassis mated to a tubular structure which ensconced the familiar 4.7 liter, twin cam V8 engine. Later a 4.9 liter version of the engine would be available.
Production of the Bora ceased in 1978 with 564 produced. Maserati would not see another mid-engine vehicle in their lineup until the limited production, Enzo based MC12 would appear in 2004. This Bora for sale in Texas had a major restoration in the early 1990s and had the slimmer, more attractive Euro bumpers installed a few years later.
1973 Maserati Bora – 4.9L. Chassis No. AM11749564. Engine No. 564
Extremely desirable and collectible 4.9L Bora!
Excellent Italian Touring car!
Matching #’s and Beautiful Condition Throughout!
In March 1971, the new Bora was unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show. Once again Maserati chose the name of a wind for its dramatic Giorgetto Giugiaro-designed (Ital Design), mid-engine GT. The Bora featured a sporty but comfortable cabin with its air conditioning and sophisticated, innovative chassis. Citroen encouraged high-pressure hydraulics for the windows, pop-up headlights, adjustable seats and pedal box, as well as vented disc brakes.
Few of these Italian supercars remain in the US and are quickly becoming collectable. Finished in the appropriate red paintwork over black leather upholstery, this Bora has received a considerable amount care over the years. Major restoration work recorded includes a complete strip to bare metal and respray in the correct hue in 1990 (22 years later the paint has begun to show its age, but remains fitting for a strong driver) – and a complete motor/mechanical refreshing in 1998. Euro bumpers replaced the original US-spec rubbers in the early 2000’s followed by new leather on the seats. The Bora was well maintained over the succeeding years with refreshed brakes and hydraulics, as well as various other improvements.
Included with the Maserati are the extensive servicing and parts receipts from the last 24 years as well as owner’s, servicing and maintenance manuals. The car is an absolute thrill to drive; the Bora combines the dynamics of a mid-mounted engine with an understated Italian design that delivers the ultimate highway motoring experience.
The highest quality Boras out there can reach into the $60,000 to $70,000 range. A value of around $50,000 to $60,000 is probably what we are looking at here for this well preserved example. With such an extensive service history on hand, this should reassure potential owners attracted to this sleek sports car from the Seventies.