Steeped in racing glory, Maserati possesses an equally rich tradition of producing some of the world’s finest road cars, exemplified by the Bora. Clothed in sleek bodywork penned by Giorgetto Giugiaro of Ital Design and named after an exotic Adriatic wind, the Bora’s engineering was led by Giulio Alfieri. Featuring a race-bred, mid-engine layout and Maserati’s first monocoque road-car chassis, the Bora’s specifications included fully independent underpinnings and the company’s outstanding V-8 engine – initially displacing 4.7 liters and later enlarged to 4.9 – matched to a ZF 5-speed rear transaxle.
As expected, the Bora offered astounding performance with 0-60 acceleration under seven seconds and a top speed approaching 170 mph. The comfortable air-conditioned interior was enhanced with the Bora’s marvellous high-pressure hydro-pneumatic system borrows from Maserati’s French corporate parent Citroen and powering the Bora’s vented disc brakes, adjustable pedal box, pop-up headlamps, and windows. In the Bora’s nine years of production, only 564 were built. The top-specification 4.9-liter V-8 engine powered just 275 of them, including this example from 1973.
According to Maserati Classiche, this Bora 4.9 is an original US-export model bearing chassis no. 562 and completed at Maserati’s storied Modena works during May 1973. Originally painted Nero black and trimmed in red Connolly leather upholstery – the colours it continues to wear today – the Bora was ordered via Bob Grossman’s Grossman Motor Car Corporation and delivered to Maserati Automobiles in Los Angeles, California. A Long Beach Yacht Club windshield decal indicates early ownership in California, and according to copies of prior registrations on file, the Bora was owned during the 1980s by a couple in Orange, California, before passing to a classic-car dealer in La Jolla prior to acquisition by long-term owner Mr. Visser of Denver. Colorado.
Between 2000 and 2003, the Bora’s engine was overhauled by Apple Motors in Denver, a top Italian-car service centre. In 2006, the Bora was acquired by noted collector John Boccardo of Palm Springs, California, who in 2008 entrusted it to Dino Motors of San Mateo, California, at just under 49,000 miles, for engine work and comprehensive attention to the air-conditioning, cooling, driveline and ignition. In 2011, DGR Performance of Oceanside, California, rebuilt the front and rear suspension, fitted a new Stebro exhaust, rebuilt and resealed the hydraulic pump, and performed a four-wheel alignment.
With its excellent factory colours, extensively documented service work, and Maserati Classische paperwork documenting original details, this Bora 4.9 is a rare sight in today’s market and represents s highly collectible and enjoyable Italian supercar with unique character and outstanding design.