1973 Maserati BoraSOLD

4.9 liter, excellent driver!

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The Maserati Bora was introduced at the 1971 Geneva show and was Maserati’s entry into the mid-engine supercar market. Penned by Giorgetto Giugiaro, who also designed the Ghibli and the Iso Grifo; the Bora has the wedge shape look found in similar mid-engine cars of the early 1970’s, such as the Ferrari 512BB.

The Bora was introduced in an era when the French company Citroen owned a majority stake in Maserati. For Citroen the marriage with Maserati presented itself with the opportunity to boost its reputation in the car world by associating itself with a famous Italian marquee. The association would start by creating a world class, no expensive spared, exotic car in which some of Citroen’s innovations could be incorporated. That was the role of the Bora. It used the by then well-proven Maserati V8 engine, in both 4.7 and 4.9 liter forms. The interior design was pure Italian with one of the most attractive set of gauges ever laid out on a car. The seats are very unique and extremely comfortable … they look and feel more like lounge chairs than car seats.

Speaking of seats, they do not move forward or backwards. Instead they hydraulically move up and down, and the pedal assembly adjusts to the driver by moving hydraulically in and out. The steering wheel is also adjustable up/down and in/out. The idea is that everything should adjust to the driver. It is a rather cool feature and is certain to impress your friends and neighbors.

Mid-engine cars tend to have cramped interiors, no luggage room and are noise inside. The Bora breaks that mold. Its interior is nice and comfortable, even for tall drivers. The front trunk space is deep with plenty of room for luggage. This is unlike a Ferrari 308, in which the "trunk space" is occupied by the spare tire. Best of all, Maserati took the time to make this a true Gran Turism car by providing plenty of noise barriers, including double pane glass between the cockpit and the engine. The Bora was always intended to be a very exclusive car and by the end of production only 524 examples were built.

I purchased this Bora, along with a Khamsin, from the family of a gentleman that was involved with the Maserati Club. He purchased the Bora in 1986 and he passed away a few years ago. He left the Bora to his son and the Khamsin to his wife.

This Bora is what I would call a "very good driver". It is in no way perfect but at the same time it is not a car that has been abused and neglected. The body is very good with no signs of ever been in an accident. The frame and floors are all rust free. The paint looks to be at least 25 years old, and my guess is that it is lacquer. Reflections on lacquer paint always seem to be better than on modern base/clear coats. The paint looks very good from 10 feet with a very nice shine. Up close you can see some defects, such as small paint chips that have been hand touched. In a few areas there is some paint checking, which is common of lacquer paint when it gets old. The paint is good enough for a driver and has just the right amount of patina to leave it as is. Stainless steel roof and rocker panels are in very good condition.

The interior is quite nice and most has been redone. Leather is supple and there are no rips nor torn seems. Headliner is also very good.

Engine runs very good! It has excellent oil pressure (100 psi at 3000 rpm at normal operating temperature) and has a lot of power. The exhaust note on this Bora is pure Italian music! The engine currently installed on this Bora came out of Bora #1018. I do not know the history of its original 4.9 liter engine but based on the serial number on the current engine, it also came from a Bora and is a 4.9 liter.

The hydraulic system is working properly. I just replaced the hydraulic main accumulator. Tires are Michelin Pilot and are in very good condition. I have tested most switches and they are working properly. The electric windows go up and down, wipers work, hazard light work, turn signals work, interior fan works, headlight come up and turn on, hydraulic seat works, hydraulic pedals work, and wipers work. Radio and electric antenna do not seem to be working. AC fan turns on and I can hear the compressor engaging but it has been too cold to tell if the system is cooling. Clock is not working. Heater is working.

Car comes with the spare tire with its cover, original owners manual and a couple of additional manuals.

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Reference Number 57132

as of 11/8/2009

Car 1973 Maserati Bora
VIN AM11749536 
Exterior / Interior Color      Black /      Black 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
Options Electronics: Airconditioning
Interior: Leather interior, Leather steering wheel 
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