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Not long after France's Citroen took control of Italian race- and exotic-car maker Maserati in 1968, then administrator Guy Malleret suggested to Ing. Giulio Alferi the idea of producing a two-seat mid-engined sports car. Given a growing trend toward mid-engined sports cars, Alfieri had already given this concept a lot of thought and was delighted when Malleret gave him the green light.

Alfieri worked on the mechanicals while Ital Design's Giorgetto Giugiaro penned the beautiful body. Work began that October, the first prototype was running the following summer, and the production-ready Bora was the hit of the Geneva Auto Show in March, 1971. The longitudinally-mounted European-market 310-hp 4.7-liter four-cam V8 was replaced for US sale with a 320-hp emissions-controlled 4.9-liter V8 driving through a five-speed ZF transaxle. A total of 571 Boras (some sources say 524 or 530) were produced between 1971 and 1979.

While this beauty was built in 1977 and purchased in 1978, the original owner bought a set of European bumpers and converted it to pre-US bumper-law appearance as soon as it hit these shores. The current owner bought it in near-pristine condition with a bit over 1,000 miles on its clock, drove it to Michigan in 2005 and has done only minor restoration work on it since.
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Chassis Num: AM11749US918
 
Sold for $48,400 at 2010 RM Auctions.
The Bora made its debut at the Geneva Auto Show in March of 1971. This dramatic Giorgetto Giugiaro-designed, mid-engine GT was the name of a Middle Eastern wind, 'Bora.' It featured a sporty but comfortable cabin featuring air conditioning, Citroen-based high-pressure hydraulic windows, adjustable seats and pedal box, pop-up headlights, and ventilated disc brakes.

This example is finished in blue with a contrasting white interior. It has its original engine and includes power steering. In the mid-1990s, it was given a restoration. Since 2000, it has been driven approximately 200 miles each year. From 2003 to 2009, the Bora was displayed at the Lane Motor Museum and maintained under museum quality conditions.

In 2010, this Bora was offered for sale at the Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook event presented by RM Auctions. The car was estimated to sell for $50,000 - $60,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $22,000 including buyer's premium.

By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2010
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Chassis Num: AM117 US 920
 
Sold for $60,500 at 2011 RM Auctions.
There were 564 examples of the Bora produced from 1971 to 1980, with 275 of those powered by the 4.9 liter engine. This car has been in single ownership since the 1970s and features a highly desirable red-on-black color scheme. It has about 24,000 miles on the odometer and is a corrosion-free example. There is a ZF five-speed gearbox in the rear transaxle and hydraulic four-wheel disc brakes.
In 2011, the car was offered for sale in Monterey, Ca. presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $60,000-$80,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $60,500, including buyer's premium.

By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2011
The Bora was introduced in 1971 and was produced until 1978. During its production lifespan, over 570 examples were produced. The vehicle was built in 2-door coupe form with the engine placed in the middle and powering the rear wheels. Ferrari had been in the process of creating a mid-engined sports car while Lamborghini and DeTomaso had their Countach, Miura and Mangusta. The mid-engined Ford GT40 had even made a few appearances at LeMans. After seeing this trend, Guy Malleret, the administrator of Maserati, gave Giulio Alfieri permission to begin design and production of a mid-engined sports car. Alfieri began work on the technical aspects of the vehicle.

The body of the vehicle was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro for Ital Design. Officine Padane of Modena, Italy had been given the responsibility of the fabrication of the all-steel body panels. The engine cover was made of aluminum. The steel monocoque chassis featured a tubular steel subframe in the rear. The engine and the five-speed manual ZF transmission were mounted on the subframe. The result was a solid design that reduced vibration and road noise.

The Bora was internally known as the Tipo 117 and the creation of the prototype was started in October of 1968. By the middle of 1969, a road worthy version could be found traversing the highways. At the 1971 Geneva Auto Show it was debuted to the public in production form.

The suspension was independent, comprised of coil springs, anti-roll bars and telescopic shocks. Large hydraulically operated ventilated brakes provided excellent stopping power. The power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering was effective and responsive. While the headlights were not in use, they were stored, hidden away in the hood of the car adding to the sleek look of the car.

The 90-degree 4.7-liter V8 engine featured four Weber 42 DCNF downdraught carburetors and electronic Bosch ignition, resulting in an astonishing 310 horsepower to propel a very light 1520 KG vehicle to a top speed of around 170 mph. Between the engine and the driver was an extra carpeted aluminum panel to provide extra sound insulation for the occupants. The rear window was double-glazed. In 1973, an American version was produced which received an emissions-friendly 4.9 liter V8 that produced 300 horsepower. To comply with other safety regulations bumpers were added to the front and rear of the vehicle, degrading its appearance. In 1975 the 4.9-liter engine became standard on all Boras, now producing 320 horsepower. During its production run, 289 examples were created with the 4.7-liter engine and 235 with the 4.9-liter V8.

The interior was elegant, at least in terms of a sports car. The bucket seats were adorned in leather. The door trim, center console, dash and rear bulkhead were given the same treatment, outfitted with rich leather. The steering column and the height of the drivers seat could be adjusted to accommodate most drivers. If that did not work, the pedal box could be moved backwards or forwards. The windows were electric, another uncommon amenity on a sports car. The spare tire could be found in a cover above the gearbox and behind the engine. There were 10 cubic-feet of luggage space located in the front of the vehicle under the hood.

The Bora answered all the demands of the Maserati legacy. It was a quality automobile with style, reliability, and comfort. Even though the plush amenities added to the overall weight of the vehicle, it was still a sports car that handled well, and very responsive to the demands of the driver.

By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2009
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