Introduced in 1971, Maserati's Bora stood apart from its supercar counterparts with its mid-mounted quad-cam V-8 engine developed directly from the fabulous 5000GT and 450S sports racers. Road & Track magazine subtitled its initial Bora road test "At last, a real comfortable mid-engine coupe -- but it wasn't done on the cheap." The report -- on the European 4.7-litre version -- was effusive, like "it is one of the best-handling cars money can buy", "For once we found a set of brakes fully matched to a high-performance road car" and "It's also a beautiful thing for a cross-country trip even with speed limits." This is a highly original 4.9-litre Bora showing less than 13,000 miles on its odometer, miles which its condition supports are real. Finished in the very Seventies' color of Copper Metallic with brushed stainless steel roof and Tan leather interior, it is thoughtfully maintained, highly original and dramatic with just three known owners from new. A Blaupunkt AM-FM radio and power windows add to the luxury of its accommodations. It’s Weber carbureted engine is simple to tune and maintain, the ZF 5-speed transaxle is the best of its era and its Giorgetto Giugiaro design is one of the best of a period of memorable styling. It will turn 0-60 mph in under 7 seconds and, as Road & Track noted, is like all Maserati’s of the period built to unusually high standards of fit, finish and quality. The hydraulic system accumulator was replaced just a few years ago and it does just what a Seventies supercar should: go like the devil and do it with style and comfort.
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