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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. While adopting the mid-engine layout – in widespread use in racing circles by the mid-1960s and by Italian rival Lamborghini’s Miura – Maserati’s new supercar for the 1970s was much more comfortable, sophisticated, and usable.
While Maserati’s new corporate parent Citröen contributed the innovative high-pressure hydropneumatic system powering the Bora’s vented disc brakes, adjustable pedal box, pop-up headlamps, and windows, the new Maserati firmly retained its fabulous Italian character nonetheless.
Masterfully engineered by Giulio Alfieri, the Bora was Maserati’s first monocoque-chassis road car design, equipped with all-independent suspension and precise rack-and-pinion steering, powered by Maserati’s outstanding V-8 engine – which was derived from the Indy and initially displacing 4.7 liters, then later 4.9 liters – and driving a ZF five-speed rear transaxle.
A storming performer with excellent road manners, the Bora was universally acclaimed for its many attributes by the era’s motoring journalists. While offering surprising passenger comfort with standard amenities including air-conditioning, the Bora was a strong performer capable of sprinting from rest to 60 mph in approximately six seconds en route to a 170 mph top end. Predictably, the Bora drew the world’s wealthiest buyers, including Karim Aga Khan and movie producer Carlo Ponti. Only 564 Boras were built from 1971 to 1978, with this exceptional Italian supercar falling victim to the combined effects of the oil-supply shocks of the 1970s and punitive taxation in its home market. Just 275 of the most desirable top-specification, 4.9-liter Boras were produced, including the outstanding example offered here.
Numbered chassis 688, this factory-documented, US-specification Bora 4.9 benefits from the prior long-term ownership of an enthusiast and maintains a striking presence with its black finish over a good and straight body with even gaps, and a well-preserved original Senape (Mustard) interior. The consignor reports that the Bora provides a very good overall driving experience with a remarkably tight feel to match. The Bora is accompanied by original books; tools and a jack; its Maserati Classiche documents, including a certificate of origin and build sheet copies; plus an original owner’s manual. Freshly and thoroughly detailed, this Bora 4.9 is a striking and fast-rising Italian collectible. A thrilling example on all possible counts, this exceptional Bora 4.9 also offers a great way to enjoy and participate in Maserati’s landmark centennial celebrations.