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Today's offering is our 1975 Maserati Bora, US spec with Maserati's ubiquitous 4.9L DOHC V8...
... and 2000 Berlina tail lights!

Back in 1974, smog and safety rules along with the first fuel crisis just about killed the exotic car market and we thought the US/Canada market would be forever deprived of these jewels. Stepping out of the local shopping center one day, just there in front of me was a brand new red Bora. What a sight.

I only realized recently that Citroen's hydraulics found their way into the various Maseratis made under their ownership. Your engine compartment shot shows this, beyond the Weber orchestra. Lovely.
 

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... and 2000 Berlina tail lights!

Back in 1974, smog and safety rules along with the first fuel crisis just about killed the exotic car market and we thought the US/Canada market would be forever deprived of these jewels. Stepping out of the local shopping center one day, just there in front of me was a brand new red Bora. What a sight.

I only realized recently that Citroen's hydraulics found their way into the various Maseratis made under their ownership. Your engine compartment shot shows this, beyond the Weber orchestra. Lovely.
Right you are about the Carello tail lights, I see them on other cars too ..Maserati had little money to produce their own details, the Bora has a Lucas license plate light, Fiat 124 side marker lights, etc..
And ...talk about Citroen hydraulics.. anything green is their system, it works really well, especially the brakes which have 1500psi of boost if you need it. I've waded deeper into the Citroen gene pool by just having picked up a '77 Khamsin.! (Please ignore that its wheelcenter caps are off and hood isn't latched)
Cheers,
- Art

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Right you are about the Carello tail lights, I see them on other cars too ..Maserati had little money to produce their own details, the Bora has a Lucas license plate light, Fiat 124 side marker lights, etc..
And ...talk about Citroen hydraulics.. anything green is their system, it works really well, especially the brakes which have 1500psi of boost if you need it. I've waded deeper into the Citroen gene pool by just having picked up a '77 Khamsin.! (Please ignore that its wheelcenter caps are off and hood isn't latched)
Cheers,
- Art
Oh man, the Khamsin is my #1 dream car, and it looks like yours is a Euro model. Enjoy it!
 
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Some times, when you go on a hunt you don’t shoot anything but you still bring back something to eat. 2006 Subaru Forester XT Prodrive, one of the best cars I have owned:

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Very cool..! What hunting season is it? I think it's moose season in Norway.. Looks like some 'rød skrubb' and 'stein sopp'.. If I remember their Norwegian names correctly.. Delicious harvest! Enjoy! (PS - My mother is Norwegian, we lived there for 10 years when I was a boy. We still visit almost every year.)
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Oh man, the Khamsin is my #1 dream car, and it looks like yours is a Euro model. Enjoy it!
Bora is one of my favorites!! A refined mid engined GT

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The black one is very nice car, silver, one awesome car. Yes, enjoy driving or even just looking at. I carry envy
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Thanks guys, I'm very fortunate.

I've owned the Bora for almost 8 years now, and it is all that and more. A true GT car. It's very reliable and easy to work on for someone with mechanical skill. It is an absolutely amazingly well-sorted chassis, plenty of smooth power from it's symphonic V8 that ascends into a lion's roar of air-gulping Webers. Very comfortable, roomy front trunk, I've been on 14 day 1600mile vacations in it to Canada and Maine with my son. No problems. Rack & pinion steering is outstanding, excellent roadfeel and feedback. I haven't pushed to the point of it breaking away, and I've heard that can be very tricky to recover from.

By comparison I've only driven a Khamsin a dozen of times. A friend owns one, all original US spec, drove it a few times, the Michelin XWX tires were very stiff... Mine has Bridgestones, but the alignment on mine is not finished being sorted out... so I will reserve final judgement: It is a gorgeous design and the seating is more comfy than the Bora, but... so far the steering gives much less visceral feedback, and the power steering system is tuned to be very sensitive at speed, so you really have to discipline yourself to NOT take your eyes off the road, because it will steer without you feeling it, just from a shift in grip on the wheel.

First world problems.
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Didn't the Khamsin have Citroen's "Diravi" self centering steering?
Yes, the Khamsin has the self centering steering. Not awesome. Comical though - you can be out driving in a nice landscape, then stop for a sec to try and get a photo of the car, with the front tires turned kind of dramatic-like, but the second you let go the steering wheel, the wheels return to "straight ahead" :rolleyes: ... so you shut the engine off which defeats the self-centering, but now you have no power steering, and turning the steering wheel while the car isn't in motion is a total @#&^#$%$ PITA !!'

Oh, and one more thing that makes the Khamsin steering disturbingly twitchy for me is its 2 turns lock to lock.
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Inherited from the Citroen SM! It was Citroen's first experience with a powerful front wheel drive car, and they went all out to develop a purely hydraulic steering system. It is unfortunate that they selected this for the Khamsin as it certainly didn't need that much. Other front engine exotics from the period, such as the Jarama, sorely needed assistance though...

I wonder if the rack and pinion assembly is identical to the SM unit, as in this case it could be substituted for the more classical DS rack and pinion power steering.
 

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I wonder if the rack and pinion assembly is identical to the SM unit, as in this case it could be substituted for the more classical DS rack and pinion power steering.
Yes, I am told the steering is "lifted" and identical to that of an SM...
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Now that I've had it out for several shakedown drives, the steering grows on me.. The "steering weight" is perfect from 0-to-about-45mph... Above that it gets abruptly harder off center, which I don't like, so I am working with a Citroen specialist to adjust it.
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a few photos om my 2014 ford fusion se/lux package and 18 inch wheel/ tires 2.0 turbo charged engine.. 245 hp/285 ft lbs tq.. and it ruby red like these car in the photos i uploaded. and it has paddle shift 6 speed tranny.. already starting to ' make it better.. led low/ high, and driving lights..led back up lamps,, poly sway bar bushings. and a oil catch can.. gdi engine.. and she is ......fast...update aves 34 mpg at 70 mph..also replaced the tail lamp with the titanium lamps.. much nicer look..and i love the insterments at night
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Oh my, it's great to be behind the wheel of an Alfa again....my 911 from the drivers seat of a good friend's recently acquired (and very lovely) Milano Verde.

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