classic-car-news

Classic Car news

A Revolutionary Supercar: The Maserati Bora

maserati-bora.jpg

Supercars are among the finest vehicles in the classic car world. They have a great mixture of performance, engineering and style. The Maserati Bora has earned a reputation for being one of the greatest supercars in history. It came out at a time when Maserati were known for developing vehicles that were behind the times technologically. We’re looking into how the Bora was designed.

Origins

After Citroen took control of Maserati in 1968, a concept for a two-seat sports car was proposed. The market had its fair share of supercars like the Lamborghini De Tomaso and Miura Mangusta. Maserati started developing a prototype with the aim of eclipsing anything that had come before it.

First known as the Tipo 117, the name changed to Bora. The car came with a variety of innovative features that set it apart from other vehicles. The Bora had a hydraulically powered pedal cluster that could be moved backwards and forward, while the steering wheel could be tilted and telescoped. This solved the problem of entering and exiting a vehicle that was common in a lot of supercars.

Other important features were the full-size boot and interior space. Compared to other supercars, the Bora was practical and stylish. It came with dual-pane glass that separated the cabin from the engine compartment. This reduced the noise of the 171 mph V8 engine, offering greater comfort for the driver.

Performance

The original Bora had a 4719 cc engine, with a higher torque of 4930 cc being offered later on. Citroen incorporated advanced high-pressure LHM hydraulics to improve the performance. Initially, the Bora weighed 1400 kg, but noise and safety concerns increased it to 1535 kg. 

The Bora stood out as a distinctive car that had a brushed stainless steel roof, spacious bucket seats, stylish door trim and sleek body. It debuted at the Geneva Salon in 1971 to an amazing public reaction. Bora production lasted until 1978, as Maserati struggled after being bought out by De Tomaso in 1975. 

The Bora remains a fine example of a supercar that changed public perception on Maserati. 

Classic Car News, Inside Classics

You also may be
interested in...

Classic Car News

Can you drive a motorhome on a car licence?

Before you take the plunge and buy a motorhome, it’s probably worth checking if you’re actually eligible to drive one on your current driving licence.  For the most part, the year you passed your driving test determines whether or not you’re legally...

Read more Classic Car News, Inside Classics

Keep up to date with our news & blogs

Bike News

History of the Suzuki GSX

For the first time in almost 30 years there will be no legendary, four-cylinder, GSX-R model in the Suzuki range.

Read more Bike News
Bike News

Kawasaki go electric in 2023

Following Honda’s summer announcement that it would be developing a range of electric motorcycles and scooters, Kawasaki has confirmed that it will put a pair of learner legal electric motorcycles on sale in 2023.

Read more Bike News
Bike News

Limited edition Honda Fireblade celebrates Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness

£30k ‘Blade honours 100 starts for Morecombe Missile

Read more Bike News

Have some questions? Check out our tips & guides pages for some great information

Motorbike Reviews

Reviewed: Mash X-Ride Trail 650

With a Honda Dominator based motor and Yamaha XT500 inspired styling, the Mash X-Ride Trail 650 is a proper, erm, retro mash-up…

Read more Bike Reviews
Motorbike Reviews

Reviewed: Ducati Desert X

Ducati’s Desert X was the company’s flagship launch for 2022. Marc Potter rode one to see if it lives up to the hype.

Read more Bike Reviews
Motorbike Reviews

Reviewed: Kawasaki H2 SX SE

Is Kawasaki’s supercharged sports tourer the ultimate mile-munching weapon? Carl Stevens spent two weeks in the hot seat to find out…

Read more Bike Reviews