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LOT 35

1973 Maserati Bora 4.9 Design by Giorgetto Giugiaro Chassis no. AM111/49/500

Sold for US$113,000 inc. premium
Lot 35
1973 Maserati Bora 4.9
Design by Giorgetto Giugiaro

1973 Maserati Bora 4.9
Design by Giorgetto Giugiaro

Chassis no. AM111/49/500

4,930cc DOHC V8 Engine
4 Weber Carburetors
320bhp at 6,000rpm
5-Speed Manual ZF Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*One of just 275 4.9-Liter Boras produced
*US-market example with desirable 5-speed ZF manual transmission
*Offered with comprehensive history file including service records and owner's manuals
*Iconic Giorgetto Giugiaro design matching by powerful and sporting DOHC V8


The brief called for a car that was clearly a Maserati, modern but devoid of the exotic look that unnecessary decorations can create, strikingly sporty but not inordinately aggressive. In short: innovative but not revolutionary - Italdesign press release, 1971.

Introduced at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show, The Tipo 117 Bora was Maserati's first and only mid-engine V8 supercar, following the trend set by the Lamborghini Miura in 1966. Maserati commissioned Italdesign, Giorgetto Giugiaro's nascent design firm, to develop this new genre of Maserati. This design, while unmistakably Giugiaro, featuring striking styling similarities with the DeTomaso Mangusta, BMW M1, and even the Delorean DMC 12, is also true to the brief quoted above and worthy of a Maserati GT car, with clear connections to the Ghibli that came before.

Underneath the striking Italdesign body, the Bora bore a 4.7-liter alloy V8 mated to a ZF 5-Speed transaxle and a fully independent double-wishbone suspension system designed by Giulio Alfieri, the co-designer of the legendary 250F Formula 1 car. Starting in 1973, larger 4.9-liter engine was available as well, gaining 10 horsepower over the 4.7-liter version.

Along with being a capable mid-engine supercar, the Bora was considerably more practical than its competition. The Bora featured dual pane glass and a carpeted engine bay to greatly reduce engine noise, as well as a full-sized trunk - a rare feature in a mid-engine supercar. The Bora was also one of the first new models to be released after Citroen gained a controlling interest in Maserati in 1968. As a result, the Bora features innovative features like hydraulically operated headlights, seat adjustment, and pedal box. The Bora also featured a telescoping and movable steering wheel, making it much less of an ordeal to enter an exit than its competitors from Sant'Agata and Maranello.


This 1973 Maserati Bora 4900 has great presence and typifies '70s style. Sporting classic red paintwork and Cromadora alloy wheels with striking concave polished steel hubcaps, and a stainless-steel roof, this Bora is a very well presented and attractive example of Maserati's iconic supercar. Cosmetically, the Giorgetto Giugiaro-designed bodywork is very straight with nice panel gaps and overall fitment. The eye-catching paintwork has a nice surface and retains a vibrant luster. The brushed stainless-steel roof is in great condition as well, without visible etching or incongruous scratches. The rest of the brightwork and wheels shod on correct Michelin XWX tires are in similarly good condition. Inside, the inviting cream-colored leather interior has a nice even patina, and the unique sectioned bucket seats have good loft. Power windows are fitted, as is a period Blaupunkt Frankfurt stereo radio and Pioneer Cassette Deck. The rare Maserati Boa also is offered with service records, owner's manual, and two sets of keys. This Bora is in beautiful overall condition, and ready to be enjoyed by its next owner for its performance, innovation, and style.

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