It sounds more dramatic than it actually is, but taking the engine out of a Bora involves splitting the car in two. The engine sits on a tubular subframe, which also supports the transaxle and all the rear suspension and brakes. The subframe is then mounted to the body of the car. This is actually a very practical arrangement for a mid-engined car, but once everything is worn out, it can create lethal handling.
This Bora actually drove to us at the start of its restoration. However, the owner was already convinced of the need to restore the car. It had previously suffered a very poor quality repaint and a non-original re-trim but it was the mechanical parts that were in need of the most work.
Declining oil pressure was eventually traced to incorrectly fitted main bearing caps in the engine block and a full rebuild then took place. The ZF transaxle is very tough and will withstand all the torque a Maserati V8 can throw at it, but it does have one Achilles heel and delving inside it to lock-wire the crownwheel bolts stops them from loosening in use is essential.
New springs and shock absorbers are essential, re-bushing the suspension and lubricating the brass bushes in the outer suspension arms similarly so and the suspension geometry set up is critical to get that sharp, yet friendly, mid-engine handling right.
A small grille aperture and a large engine mean that Boras have a habit of overheating and we now fit aluminium radiators of our own design (painted black of course), which overcomes deficiencies in the original system.
The Bora was re-painted in Maserati Rosso Fuoco red and re-trimmed in the original combination of black and tan leather. That distinctive stainless steel roof and the original ‘moon disc’ hub caps set off the very 1970s look.
The first major post-restoration trip in the Bora involved Italy, the Alps and a serious motorway blast in pursuit of a Ferrari Daytona. How serious? We’ll leave it to your imagination, but the owner has the video to prove it.
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