Introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in March of 1971, Maserati’s new Bora, designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, was intended to be a mid-engined grand tourer. While mid-engined cars had proven to be wonderful sports cars but quirky and somewhat compromising as grand tourers, the Bora sought to bring sophistication to the mid-engined platform. Offering contemporary styling with a comfortable cabin, usable trunk, and four-wheel independent suspension, the Bora quickly proved itself to be a compelling alternative to a Ferrari, Porsche, or Lamborghini.
Utilizing Maserati’s familiar 4.7-litre four-cam V-8 engine, the Bora was fitted with a five-speed ZF transaxle. With 310 horsepower on tap, performance was brisk with a 0–100 km/h time of 6.7 seconds and a top speed of 260 km/h. Due to Maserati’s partnership with Citroën, the Bora utilized a handful of components from the French manufacturer.
Notably, the Bora utilized hydraulic components from Citroën, namely its hydraulically operated brakes, pop-up headlamps, driver’s seat, and adjustable pedal box.
From 1971 to 1978, just 564 Boras were produced. In addition, only 289 of these were fitted with the 4.7-litre engine, including the example presented here.
Supplied new in the UK, this particular Bora was built in 1973 with the 4.7-litre engine and is a very rare right-hand drive example. This model is finished in its original colour scheme of red with black leather interior. The car spent several years in the ownership of Maserati UK as part of their private collection before being bought by the current vendor in 2005.
Since then the car has been kept in a private showroom and used sparingly, with the odometer reading less than 30,000 miles from new. The vendor describes this matching numbers example to be in a very good condition all round and running well. The original interior exudes a lovely patina and has been carefully maintained. There is an extensive history file consisting of the original owner’s manual, service history, a current MOT certificate (as well as several older ones) and V5C registration document. Reportedly one of only eleven Bora’s left in the UK and one of even fewer right hand drive examples, this Bora represents a unique opportunity to acquire a very rare 70’s grand tourer.