Maserati Mistral Coupe
Following the successful 3500 GT, Maserati commissioned Pietro Frua to design a new body for the updated Tipo 109 chassis. The new two-seat coupé was named “Mistral,” after the cold northerly wind of Southern France, and it was Maserati’s last car powered by the straight-six engine descended from the 350S sports racer of the 1950s, itself a close relation of the engine that powered Fangio’s 250F.
First shown at Turin in November 1963, the Mistral remained in production until 1970 with only slight updates. During production, the engine was enlarged from 3.5 to 3.7, and later, 4.0 litres, and Lucas fuel injection was also eventually used. A Salisbury rear axle was driven via a ZF five-speed manual gearbox, a typically Maserati drivetrain combination. A pure two-seater, the Mistral offered an excellent driving position and leather seats. Top speed approached 160 mph, with zero-to-60 coming up in just 6.2 seconds. In total, just 828 coupés and 125 open Spiders were built.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2011 at the Battersea Evolution, London.
255 bhp, 4,014 cc aluminium block-and-head DOHC inline six-cylinder engine, Lucas mechanical fuel injection, five-speed ZF manual gearbox, independent front suspension with coil springs, rigid rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,400 mm
Source: RM Auctions
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