The Triest and the Oil Crisis

23 March 2023

Anyone who reads my jottings will know I try to be unbiased and impartial; however, the Maserati Bora is a bit of an exception, in my opinion it is one of the most beautiful, motorised chariots to grace modern boulevards.

They were designed by one of the greatest car designers of the 20th Century, Giorgetto Giugiaro.

Maserati became part of Citroën in 1968, which was great news for the Bora; it meant a more than adequate development budget plus the technical wizardry for which Citroën is famed.

Fitted with a mid-mounted V8 engine and capable of 177mph, the Bora was no slouch.

It had a large front boot, a smaller luggage area on top of the mid-mounted V8 engine, double glazing between the engine and cockpit and air conditioning.

In common with other Maserati cars of the era, it is named after a wind, Bora being the wind of Trieste.

The noble Bora was built between 1971 and 1978.

However, the Oil Crisis of 1973 took its toll; the taxes on large engines in France negatively impacted sales, and only 564 Boras were sold.

Some high-performance marques offer the fastest cars, and others lean towards luxury; Maserati indulges its customers with the best of both worlds.

Long live the Bora.