1972 Maserati Bora


1972 Maserati Bora

* Only circa 500 built and a very rare factory RHD car (believed 1 of 27)

* Matching numbers as confirmed by Maserati Classiche
* Really solid original unmolested car

* Great original colour combination of yellow with black trim
* Bargain compared to a Countach or a Boxer!

Soon after Citroen took a controlling interest in Maserati in 1968 the idea of a two seat mid-engined super car was conceived. It was then in the summer of 1969 the first protoype of Maserati’s new car was built. This car was known as ‘Tipo 117’ and was ultimately named Bora after a wind from the Northern Adriatic Sea. The car became a reality in relatively short time and the car was officially launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1971.

Like the Ghibli before it Maserati’s new flagship was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, this time for Ital Design. In many ways the Bora was a unique design and its trademark was that its roof and ‘A’ pillar were finished in brushed stainless steel in contrast the rest of the painted body.

Production commenced later that year and in total 524 Boras were built from 1971 through until 1978.

We are delighted to offer a very rare factory RHD car (believed 1 of 27 cars built). Like most RHD Boras this car was originally delivered new to the UK and it found its way to Australia in early 1997.

Its early UK history is not known, however, it is was acquired by a Mr John Billington from Halesowen near Birmingham in July 1984. Subsequently, Mr Billington moved to Jersey in the Channel Islands and in December 1996 engaged Corley Motors in Warwickshire to sell the car for him. The car was sold to the current Australian owners in late 1996 and documentation on file confirms the car was delivered to the UK shipping company on the 23rd December 1996 and immediately shipped to Australia. At the time the odometer was 38,457 miles.

The car was complianced and first registered in Melbourne in February 1997. Whilst in the UK the car was registered as TWA 1F and it has been registered in Australia as BORA 47 (Victoria).

In April 1991 Mr Billington commissioned Corley Motors to undertake a major restoration of the car, the details of which are well documented in the car’s history file.

The car used been used sparingly during its time in Australia and today the odometer reads 44,115 miles.

This is a really solid original unmolested car that presents well and its condition today is consistent with a car that was restored almost 25 years ago. Today the car is presented in its original body colour (as confirmed by Maserati Classiche) of yellow with a black interior – an absolutely stunning colour combination. The paintwork is generally very very good with the odd mark consistent with a car that has been used. There is the odd small rust bubble evident in the paint, but overall the body condition would be described as good. All of the glass and trim is original and correct and in very good condition, with the exception of the door handles are showing some signs of pitting and could benefit from a rechrome. Importantly the car maintains its original stainless steel roof that is in good condition.

The interior is in good condition and again everything looks to be original and correct. The dash and instruments are excellent as are the seats. The carpets look to be original and a little worn and replacing these (including the engine cover and front compartment) would lift the whole appearance of the car.

The car sounds amazing and the performance from Maserati’s 4.7 litre V8 is quite something. The engine has good oil pressure and the car is tight on the road with no rattles or squeaks. The gear change is slick with strong synchros and all of the Citroen hydraulics are working.

The car Just come out of long term storage and it has been recommissioned and serviced. Accompanying the car comes is a history file, older reprint of a an owner’s manual & parts book, jack and a tool roll (with mostly non original tools).

The Maserati Bora is without doubt one of the true “supercars of the ‘70’s” and a bargain compared to a Lamborghini Countach or a Ferrari Boxer!

A very rare opportunity in this country.


  • Maserati Bora
  • 1972
  • Coupe
  • Manual
  • 44,115 Miles
  • 4719cc


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