1972 Maserati Bora
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 it 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 2007.
According to the factory records this particular car was completed in November 1972 with a 4.7 litre engine and a factory RHD example that was delivered to the UK. Its original colour scheme was silver with a black interior. The car is fully matching numbers including its “Carrozzeria” (body number) and “Autovettura” (production number). The car was originally registered in the UK on 13th June 1972 as EOE 813K and on the registration was changed on 22nd February 2001 to 9359 KR. The latter registration plate is still with the car.
The car is understood to have had two long term owners in the UK before finding its way to Australia. The car was been with its current owner, a long time Maserati enthusiast, since 2009.
This is a really fabulous car that had a light restoration and engine rebuild in the early 2000’s whilst in the UK. Since being in Australia the current owner has had the interior re-trimmed in red (by Gary Blackman) and just recently commissioned specialists Concours Restorations in Geelong to repaint the car. The car was taken back to bare metal and surprisingly the body was in excellent condition with very few rust repairs required. There was evidence of previous repair work carried out, all of which was done to a good standard. At this time the car was also given an engine out service, a new clutch & pressure plate was fitted, a new A/C compressor was fitted and the steering & suspension was overhauled.
The Bora is a unique yet stunning design and today the overall presentation of this car is enhanced by its striking colour combination. As you would expect the paintwork is exceptional and all of the trim, glass and the stainless steel roof are also in very good condition. The cockpit is a lovely place to be and all of the trim is in excellent condition. The only exception is that a few of the switches are showing some signs of age and wear. The car is as clean underneath as it is on top.
The performance from Maserati’s 4.7 litre V8 engine is quite something, yet for a ‘supercar’ it is quite smooth and refined. The sound is something to behold and it is really once out on the open road that the car is in its element. The engine is free reving and the car pulls ‘very strongly’ through the rev range. The gearbox is also ‘tight’ and the gear change slick. The car is incredibly tight on the road with no rattles or squeaks, it handles magnificently and stops as it should.
Originally on most Boras the headlights were raised & lowered and the seats & pedals adjusted by hydraulic controls. On this car the seats have been fixed in place and the headlights are now raised and lowered by electronic controls.
The car has obviously been pampered throughout its life and it has been regularly maintained by classic Maserati specialists Auto Sprint in Melbourne for its current owner. It is estimated the car has only travelled some 2,500 miles since arriving in Australia.
We have had the pleasure to handle a few Maserati Boras over the years and this car is without doubt the best example we have seen. Following its recent refresh the car is now ready for its new owner to enjoy. In summary the car presents beautifully and it drives even better!
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!
Price: AUD $299,950
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