Arizona

19-20 January 2017

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Lot 129

1975 Maserati Bora 4.9

  • Chassis no. AM117/49-US 916
  • Engine no. AM107/11/49 916

Sold for $159,500


320 bhp, 4,930 cc DOHC V-8 engine, five-speed manual ZF transaxle, front and rear independent suspension with unequal length A-arms, coil springs with anti-roll bar, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 102.2 in.

  • One of 571 Maserati Boras produced from 1971–1980
  • Low-mileage example with less than 39,000 miles from new
  • Known history and records dating to the early 1990s
  • Desirable 4.9-liter engine


Shortly after Citroën took a controlling interest in Maserati in 1968, the concept of a mid-engine two-seat sports car was proposed in order to remain competitive with Lamborghini and Ferrari. Dubbed the Bora, the new model debuted at the Geneva Auto Salon in March 1971. Power was initially supplied by a four-cam, four-valve-per-cylinder, 4.7-liter V-8, upsized to 4.9 liters in 1975 when horsepower was increased to 320 enabling a top speed of 160+ mph. Compared to its competitors it was more civilized and practical, offering a full trunk in front along with a hydraulically powered pedal cluster and a tilt and telescoping steering wheel. A total of just 571 were produced before production ceased in 1980.

This stunning 1975 Maserati Bora 4.9 coupe is finished in Blu Ischia Metallizzato over blue/black leather with black Wilton wool carpets. A U.S.-delivery car, it has been in California since the early 1990s, and is believed to have been there earlier in its history as well. Having only traveled a presumed correct 38,690 miles from new, this matching-numbers Bora has records dating back to its ownership through the 1990s. Earlier in its life, the car was disassembled for a complete, bare-metal repaint, which still presents exceptionally well.

The leather seats have been re-done with the correct pleats. The door panels and the Wilton wool carpets have been replaced, and the dash removed and fitted with the correct mouse hair. The headliner has been left original and in excellent condition along with the lower center console and rear window trim surround. All of the chrome and stainless remain in beautiful original condition, showing minimal age and no real pitting. All body seals have been replaced, new Michelin XWX tires have recently been fitted, and the hydraulics have been sorted and checked with everything working properly.

Tie rods and control arms have just been replaced along with a full tune up, including spark plugs, wires, cap, rotor, carb rebuild, and a change of fluids. The consignor notes that turn signals, brake lights, headlights, side marker lights, and interior lights are all operating as designed, and he adds that the engine starts right up and idles smoothly and freely and that the clutch feels strong. The suspension is smooth and quiet and the steering tight and precise. He further describes the Bora as a superb running and driving car that has excellent power and a smooth quiet ride. The body is straight and completely rust free. The undercarriage is nicely detailed and free from any rust, corrosion, or any kind of damage or accident repair. Accompanying the car is the original tool roll, jack, matching XWX spare tire, shop and parts books, as well as numerous other service documents and registration cards dating back to the 1990s.

This is a thrilling Maserati for any grand sports car collection.

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Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more