Formerly part of the Maserati UK heritage collection, this 1973 Maserati Bora 4.7 has a genuine low mileage of just 29,665 and is estimated to sell for £140,000 to £160,000 at the H&H Classics IWM Duxford sale on June 20th.
Roy Hitchman of H&H says: “The car has featured on Top Gear and in Thoroughbred & Classic Cars Magazine and provides an opportunity to purchase a rare 1970's Italian Grand Tourer in RHD, with a special history. This car marks the 50-year gap between two proper mid-engined Supercars in the ’70s, “Bora” and now in 2022 the “MC20”. It is a part of automotive history spanning half a century of mid-engine design.”
Introduced at the 1971 Geneva Salon, the Bora was Maserati's first and - MC12 aside - only mid-engined supercar. Funded by parent Citroen, its menacing Giorgetto Giugiaro penned silhouette clothed a sophisticated steel monocoque chassis equipped with all-around double-wishbone independent suspension and the French manufacturer's latest generation hydraulic hardware. Thus, able to boast power assistance for its rack and pinion steering, four-wheel disc brakes, retractable headlights, single-plate clutch and adjustable pedal box, the Bora was a world away from its Lamborghini Miura rival in terms of refinement. Cradled by a dedicated subframe, its quad twin-choke Weber DCNF fed 4719cc DOHC V8 engine was mated to a ZF 5-speed DS-25/2 transaxle (as the Ford GT40). Credited with 310bhp and 339lbft of torque, the Bora was capable of 168mph and 0-60mph in 6.2 seconds. Praised by the contemporary motoring press for their verve and composure, a mere 289 4.7litre Boras are thought to have left the Trident factory (though, apparently just 27 of those were to right-hand drive specification)
Finished in "Rosso Fuoco" Red with Black Connolly leather upholstery, this right-hand-drive example has had an interesting history reportedly spending five years in the ownership of Maserati UK as part of their heritage collection. The car was produced in December 1972 and delivered to Citroen Cars Ltd, Slough and first registered in the UK on 20th August 1973. There is an extensive history file with the car, including details of all previous repairs, maintenance, and according to the vendor, a bare metal restoration. Numerous MOT certificates dating back to 1986 suggest the extremely low current mileage is genuine. This actual car was featured in an episode of BBC’s ‘Top Gear’ in 2001 as part of a “History of Maserati” special and has also been featured in classic car magazine articles on more than one occasion. A vehicle that is also well known in Maserati circles and has made numerous appearances at Maserati Club events. This beautiful Grand Tourer presents very well with a lovely patina to the interior. Included in the document file are the MOT certificates, a V5C, service & repair invoices, magazine articles, and other relevant documents from Maserati and the owners club. This is an opportunity to purchase an extremely rare and iconic ‘70s mid-engined Italian supercar.
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