Maserati needs no introduction. Already a legendary racing marque before the war, the company turned to the limited production of sports cars for the road in the 1950s. These proved to be highly successful, and so manufacture continued throughout the ‘60s with the company taking credit for some of the most desirable cars of the era.
The early ‘70s brought the advent of the mid-engined sports car, and so the great front engined Grand Tourers of the period such as the Ferrari Daytona and Maserati Ghibli gave way to this ruthlessly fast new breed. The flagbearers of this new supercar genre were the Ferrari Boxer and the Maserati Bora, road cars capable of over 170mph that, for the first time ever, had cornering capabilities to match their speed.
The Bora, styled by Giugiaro at Ital Design, was powered by a 350bhp light alloy V8 lengthways ahead of the rear wheels, and had innovative four-wheel coil spring independent suspension. In ride and handling it was typical of its class – although defining its class simply as ‘superior’ is rather vague, especially since it was about 30 per cent more expensive than its counterparts.
This lovely example in black with black leather interior was in a single ownership in the United States from the 1980s to 2009 when the then owner died. It then resided in a private collection until 2014 when the present owner purchased the car.
Extensive work has recently been carried out to include a full re spray, Euro bumper conversion, complete fluid and filter change, front and rear suspension overhaul including new bearings, rubbers and wheel alignment to name a few of the works carried out. This is wonderful iconic Italian sports car with the powerful V8 providing the adrenalin, and this particular car is in good overall condition.