CAR OF 1971 MASERATI BORA
One of the most idiosyncratic supercars of all time bounced on to the scene this year, in the sleek and sexy Giugiaro-penned shape of the Maserati Bora. Conceived by Citroën after it took over the Italian manufacturer in 1968, it was the marque’s first mid-engined model. However, thanks to the French involvement, it was naturally far from conventional, with Citroën’s hydraulics controlling the brakes, pop-up headlamps and even the driver’s seat and pedal box adjustments. The stunning futuristic looks incorporated glazed flying buttresses at the rear, enclosing the engine compartment in glass and thus making noise less intrusive. Not that the 4719cc 310bhp V8 made the sort of sound that any driver wouldn’t relish as he or she floored the throttle to 60mph from zero in 6.5 seconds, with an overall top speed of 162mph. De Tomaso bought Maserati in 1975 and installed a 335bhp 4930cc engine, but the new owner hit difficulties, leading to the Bora being dropped in 1978.