Maserati Bora było pierwszym i jedynym supersamochodem włoskiej marki z centralnie umieszczonym silnikiem V8. Nieprzypadkowo w jego stylistyce można złowić echa takich samochodów, jak De Tomaso Mangusta, BMW M1 czy Delorean DMC-12 – wszystkie wyszły spod ręki włoskiego mistrza, Giorgetto Giugiaro. Bora była pierwszym Maserati stworzonym po przejęciu firmy przez koncern Citroen, dzięki temu zapewne w zestawieniu z konkurencją wyróżnia się większą uniwersalnością – w kabinie jest ciszej dzięki oddzieleniu silnika podwójną szybą i wykładziną, a nad jednostką uzyskano nawet dodatkową przestrzeń bagażową. Oferowane na aukcji Maserati to jeden z zaledwie 275 egzemplarzy z większą z dostępnych jednostką 4,9 l o mocy 320 KM. Uzyskana cena: ok. 727 tys. PLN, wliczając prowizję domu aukcyjnego.
1973 MASERATI BORA 4.9
DESIGN BY GIORGETTO GIUGIARO
US$ 180,000 – 220,000
PLN 710,000 – 870,000
Sold for US$ 187,000 (PLN 726,736) inc. premium
THE AMELIA ISLAND AUCTION
1973 MASERATI BORA 4.9
Design by Giorgetto Giugiaro
Chassis no. AM117/49.534
Engine no. AM107/11/49.534
4,930cc DOHC V8 Engine
4 Weber Carburetors
320bhp at 6,000rpm
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*One of just 275 4.9 Liter Bora’s produced
*Offered with Maserati Classiche Factory Certificate and Build Records
*Comprehensive restoration performed in 2008-2009
* Accompanied by tools, jack, owners manual and restoration records
THE MASERATI BORA
„The brief called for a car that was clearly a Maserati, modern but devoid of the exotic look that unnecessary decorations can create, strikingly sporty but not inordinately aggressive. In short: innovative but not revolutionary.”- Italdesign press release, 1971
Introduced at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show, The Tipo 117 Bora was Maserati’s first and only mid-engine V8 supercar, following the trend set by the Lamborghini Miura in 1966. Maserati commissioned Italdesign, Giorgetto Giugiaro’s nascent design firm, to develop this new genre of Maserati. This design, while unmistakably Giugiaro, featured striking styling similarities with the DeTomaso Mangusta, BMW M1, and even the Delorean DMC 12. As quoted above, the Bora was strikingly sporty but not inordinately aggressive, a truly worthy Maserati GT car, with clear connections to the Ghibli that came before.
Underneath the striking Italdesign body, the Bora bore a 4.7-liter alloy V8 mated to a ZF 5-Speed transaxle and a fully independent double-wishbone suspension system designed by Giulio Alfieri, the co-designer of the legendary 250F Formula 1 car. Starting in 1973, a larger 4.9-liter engine was available as well, gaining 10 horsepower over the 4.7-liter version.
Along with being a capable mid-engine supercar, the Bora was considerably more practical than its competition. The Bora featured dual pane glass and a carpeted engine bay to greatly reduce engine noise, as well as a full sized trunk- a rare feature in a mid-engine supercar. The Bora was also one of the first new models to be released after Citroen gained a controlling interest in Maserati in 1968. As a result, the Bora featured innovations like hydraulically operated headlights and seat/pedal box adjustments. The Bora also featured a telescoping and movable steering wheel, making it much less of an ordeal to enter an exit than its competitors from Sant’Agata and Maranello.
THE MOTORCAR OFFERED
According to Maserati Classiche documentation, this Bora 4.9 was completed in Maserati’s Modena workshop in May of 1973. The new Bora featured the larger 4,900cc DOHC V8 engine, and was finished in striking Rosso Fuoco red, over a black Connoly leather interior. The car was equipped with a Blaupunkt Frankfurt radio, Campagnolo alloy wheels, and fitted with the desirable manual-shift, 5-Speed ZF transaxle. The Maserati was destined for the US market, and had been ordered through Nyack, NY based Maserati importer Grossman Motor Cars Corporation, for the Los Angeles, CA area distributorship; Maserati Automobiles, Inc.
The Bora’s first owner was most likely Californian, but the cars further early history remains unknown. By the 2000s, the Maserati was owned by British Columbia, Canada based enthusiast Tim Wyman. Photos of the car during this period show what appears to be a very original car, still finished in the factory-delivered red over black livery. While in Mr. Wyman’s ownership, the Bora received a comprehensive restoration by 360 Fabrication, Inc. of Abbotsford, BC. Dozens of receipts can be found in the cars comprehensive history file, along with many photos taken before, during, and after the work.
Today, this example of Maserati’s foray into mid-engine supercars is in remarkable restored condition, and presented in a very appropriate medium blue metallic. The Bora retains it’s matching numbers, 4.9-liter engine, and is offered with extensive records from Maserati Classiche, including copies of the certificate of origin, technical and aesthetic characteristics sheet, built sheet, final test data sheet and shipping paperwork, as well as an owners manual, tools and jack. This brilliant example of Maserati’s mature and spiritedly sporty supercar, would be a great entry into high-speed rallies such as the Copperstate 1000, or a Concours d’Elegance.