CAR OF 1971 MASERATI BORA

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling -

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.

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