Lot 311: Maserati Bora 4.9 Litre
Shortly after Citro�n took a controlling interest in Maserati in 1968, the concept of a mid-engined two-seat supercar was proposed. Lamborghini and De Tomaso already had the Miura and Mangusta whilst Ferrari were known to be developing their own mid-engined contender. Initially known as Tipo 117 and later the Bora, the Maserati project got underway in October 1968 and a prototype was on the road by the summer of 1969. Shown in its final form at the Geneva Salon in March 1971.
A combined steel monocoque chassis and body featured a tubular steel subframe at the back for the engine and transmission. Suspension was independent all round (a first for a Maserati road car) with coil springs, telescopic shocks and anti-roll bars. Citro�n's advanced high pressure hydraulics were adopted to operate the ventilated disc brakes, the brake, clutch and throttle pedal box, the driver's seat and the retractable headlights. Engine-wise, Maserati decided to install a subtly uprated version of their familiar DOHC 90� V8. Mounted longitudinally, compression was set at 8.5:1 and with four Weber 42 DCNF downdraught carbs and electronic Bosch ignition, the Bora could boast 310 bhp (230 kW) at 6000 rpm.
Great attention was paid to reducing noise and vibration, the engine and five-speed ZF transaxle being mounted on a subframe attached to the monocoque via four flexible mounts. Additionally, the aluminium engine cover came trimmed in deep-pile carpet and the window between the passenger's compartment and the engine bay had double-glazing for noise suppression, a feature ahead of its time. The body was created by Giorgetto Giugiaro for Ital Design, fabrication of the all-steel panels being contracted to Officine Padane of Modena.
This matching numbers 4.9 litre Maserati Bora was bought by the vendor having been dry-stored for 13 years. FTM274L was subsequently treated to numerous mechanical improvements totalling some �7,000. Fluids were changed, water hoses replaced, radiator re-cored and new clutch slave and master cylinders fitted. The old underseal was then removed and the underside of the car was found to be in excellent order. A decision was taken not to repaint the car as the vendor preferred that it was viewed in its highly original condition.
Having covered a believed genuine 20,900 miles from new, this Maserati's bodywork is described by the vendor as very straight and rust free, with superb panel gaps and no accident damage.
Complete with MoT test certificate until July 2010 and previous certificates going back to 1990, when the vehicle was showing a mileage of 19,131, this iconic Italian supercar is finished in its original colour combination of Metallic Burgundy with cream leather. With Bora prices rising steadily in recent years and substantial market investment going into such 1970s exotica, there are very few Boras left that boast such a high level of authenticity and originality.
Grand Prix, Competition, Touring & Rally Cars|
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£40875|
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|Number of doors||2|