Maserati Bora 4.9 1973 – SPRZEDANE

Maserati Bora to pierwszy model firmy z silnikiem umieszczonym centralnie, który uchodzi zarazem za najbardziej praktyczny supersamochód swojej epoki. Producent przez lata kojarzony był z samochodami wyścigowymi i modelem 3500 GT, którym mocno wszedł na rynek pod koniec lat 50-tych. Kolejna dekada to przejęcie Maserati przez koncern Citroëna, które od 1968 roku zapewniło fundusze i dostęp do nowych technologii. Bora to projekt Giorgetto Giugiaro z Italdesign, napędzany potężnym V8 z Maserati 450S. Bora to również topowe w owym czasie osiągi – prędkość maksymalna 274 km/h, przyspieszenie od 0 do 100 km/h poniżej 7 sekund. Bora to także luksus i innowacyjne technologie. Hydropneumatyczny system od Citroën’a sterował nie tylko wentylowanymi hamulcami tarczowymi, lecz również pozwalał zmieniać pozycję reflektorów, fotela kierowcy, a nawet panelu z pedałami, aby jak najlepiej dostosować pozycję za kierownicą. Wystawiony na aukcji okaz jest jednym z 275 egzemplarzy z silnikiem V8 o pojemności 4,9 litra. W 1973 roku dostarczony został do Maserati Automobiles w Los Angeles, wykończony w kolorze czarnym z czerwoną skórą, czyli dokładnie w takiej konfiguracji, jaką posiada do dziś. Bora wyceniona została przez dom aukcyjny na 170 – 200. tys euro (ok. 700 – 900 tys. złotych). Sprzedane za 179 200 euro.

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Lot 148

1973 Maserati Bora 4.9

Chassis no. AM117/49 562
Engine no. AM107/11/49 562
€170.000 – €200.000

To be auctioned on Wednesday, February 8, 2017

320 bhp, 4,930 cc mid-mounted V-8 engine with four Weber 42 DCNF twin-choke carburettors, five-speed ZF manual transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension with unequal-length A-arms, coil springs, and anti-roll bars; and hydraulic four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,600 mm

A rare and underappreciated Italian thoroughbred
One of just 275 examples with the desirable 4.9-litre V-8
A matching-numbers example finished in its original colour combination
Includes Maserati Classiche documentation

Since its inception, Maserati had been perceived principally as a racing marque, and it was not until the 3500 GT was launched in 1957 that they were taken seriously as a road car manufacturer. In 1968 the company was taken over by Citroën, which led to much needed funding and access to new technology.

The introduction of the Bora in 1971 represented Maserati’s first rear-engined production car. The mighty 450 S-derived engine and five-speed ZF transaxle were fitted to a monocoque chassis employing four-wheel independent suspension, and the Citroën-supplied hydropneumatic control system not only powered the ventilated disk brakes, but also—ingeniously—permitted 'touch button' movement of the pedal box, driving seat position, headlights, and windows.

This package, combined with sleek coachwork courtesy of Giorgetto Giugiaro at Italdesign, ensured formidable performance, with 60 mph reached in under 7 seconds and a top speed of 170 mph. It was also perhaps the most practical supercar of its era, with a generous storage compartment to the front and enviable levels of both sound and heat deadening.

According to documentation from Maserati Classiche, chassis number 562 is a U.S.-specification example and was despatched from Modena in May 1973 to Maserati Automobiles in Los Angeles, finished in black with red leather, as it appears today. Ownership changed, but remained in California, in 1983, until it was acquired by a Mr Visser of Denver, Colorado, in 1992 and who treasured the car for the next 14 years. It was acquired by the previous owner in 2006, who had the Bora serviced by Dino Motors in California. The car comes with a quantity of service history showing regular maintenance throughout.

The car was recently acquired by the consignor and brought back to Europe. This outstanding Bora, finished in its sporting original colours, represents a rare mix of race-bred heritage, technical innovation, and show-stopping design.