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Steeped in racing glory, Maserati possesses an equally rich tradition of producing some of the fastest, most luxurious and visually striking grand touring road cars ever conceived. By the early 1960s, the mid-engine layout was adopted and used to great effect in racing circles and by Italian rival Lamborghini’s shocking Miura road car. By comparison, Maserati’s new “supercar” for the 1970s was much more comfortable, sophisticated, and usable.
Maserati’s new French corporate parent Citröen contributed the marvelous high-pressure hydro-pneumatic system powering the Bora’s vented disc brakes, adjustable pedal box, pop-up headlamps, and windows. Best of all, however, the Bora firmly retained its essential Italian character. With masterful engineering led by the legendary Giulio Alferi, the Bora featured the company’s first monocoque road-car chassis, which mounted all-independent suspension and the company’s outstanding V-8 engine – initially displacing 4.7 liters and later upsized to 4.9 liters – matched to a ZF five-speed transaxle.
As expected, the Bora offered athletic performance including acceleration from rest to 60 mph in the 6.5-second range and 160 mph fat out. While a storming performer with excellent road manners, the Bora offered surprising passenger comfort to match, with its sporty-yet-comfortable air-conditioned interior. From launch, the Bora earned consistently high praise from the international motoring press and from eager buyers – an enviable tradition that continues today. Only 564 were built in all from 1971 to 1980 with the top-specification 4.9-liter V-8 engine powering just 275 of them, including this outstanding example.
Few of these true Italian supercars remain in the US and they are becoming increasingly sought after. This example, chassis 588, was factory-equipped with a Blaupunkt “Frankfurt” radio and ordered on May 1, 1973. Following production, it was shipped by sea to Los Angeles for eventual sale. The Maserati Classiche Department in Modena, Italy verifies all original build specifications and order data with an official copy of the original delivery note, plus a copy of the original “End of Line” data sheet, an additional Technical/Aesthetic Characteristics document, and a certificate of origin.
Finished in period-appropriate Rosso (Red) paintwork over black leather upholstery, this striking Bora benefits from a quality restoration. Considerable attention was paid to 588’s mechanical systems, and it has been recently tuned and detailed. Accompanied by the aforementioned items, the Bora includes a dossier containing service records dating to the early 1980s. A thrilling example, this exceptional Bora 4.9 offers a great way to enjoy Maserati’s landmark centennial celebrations.