In 1964, Maserati offered a range of spectacular motorcars, with the Mistral and Quattroporte joining the Sebring, 3500 GT, and 3500 GT Spyder. Maserati was building upon the success of the 3500 GT and Sebring when it commissioned Pietro Frua to design a new body to be placed upon an updated Tipo 109 chassis. The two-seat coupé was named “Mistral”, after the strong winds blowing from the Mediterranean coast in the south of France, at the suggestion of Colonel John Simone, the French Maserati importer.
The Mistral name was intended to represent speed, and the car certainly lived up to its promise. This was to be Maserati’s last car powered by its famed and well-proven straight-six engine, which had descended from the company’s 350S sports racing cars of the 1950s. A Salisbury rear axle handled the power from a ZF five-speed manual gearbox—a traditional tried-and-tested Maserati-type drivetrain.
Whilst the Mistral was similar in length to its Sebring predecessor, it had a much more lithe and rounded profile, with a low beltline and curved glass. The relatively long bonnet was accented with a small air scoop, slim bumper, and a split air intake. Typical of Italian sports car construction at the time, the body was constructed in steel, whilst the doors, bonnet, and boot lid were fashioned out of aluminium. When unveiled, it was considered by many to be one of Frua’s finest designs.
A stunning matching numbers example in light blue offered with correspondence from Maserati confirming its engine number. Produced in 1964 and first registered in January of that year, this car enjoyed an engine overhaul in August of 2012 to the sum of €32,000 EUR. There was a lucas injection overhaul in 2015 and total invoices for maintenance come to €75,000 EUR. In superb condition, this example comes with German papers and Maserati confirmation of authenticity around production and vehicle numbers.