In March 1971, the Bora was unveiled at Geneva, and once again, Maserati selected the name of a wind for its dramatic Giorgetto Giugiaro-designed (Ital Design) mid-engine GT.
The Bora featured a sporty but comfortable air-conditioned passenger cabin and a sophisticated, innovative chassis. Citröen encouraged high-pressure hydraulics for the windows, pop-up headlights, adjustable seats and pedal box, plus vented disc brakes. With its ultimate 320 bhp, 4.9-liter V-8 and five-speed gearbox, the Bora was capable of zero-to-60 times of 6.6 seconds and a 170-mph top speed.
Upon its launch, Le Mans champion and noted journalist Paul Frère described the Bora in these terms: “The Bora is one of the fastest cars on the market at the moment, but its charm lies mostly in the tranquil ease with which it reveals its prowess. A true aristocrat, indeed.”
Just 564 Boras were built from 1971 to 1980, with 275, including this car, powered by the 4.9-liter engine. Benefiting from single ownership since the 1970s and from the first year of 4.9-liter availability, this 1975 Bora is nicely presented throughout and features a highly desirable red-on-black color scheme. With only about 24,000 miles, this corrosion-free example benefits from a new water pump, and marque experts have freshly rebuilt the hydraulics.
As summarized in a recent Hemmings profile, the Bora is "a sophisticated, comfortable and accommodating car that combined exclusivity and spectacular performance without forcing its passengers to resort to ingress/egress contortions or to put up with the high-strung, finicky mechanicals of its mid-engine competition. It was, and remains, the Seventies Italian supercar for discerning adults."
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California, in July of 2010 at the Shotwell Gustafson Pavilion at Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester, Michigan and in August of 2011 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
320 bhp, 4,930 cc mid-mounted V-8 engine, ZF five-speed manual gearbox in rear transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension with unequal-length A-arms, coil springs and anti-roll bars, and hydraulic four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 102.3"
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel