7 February 2018

1967 Maserati Mistral 4.0 Spyder by Frua

  • Chassis no. AM109/SA1 627

Documents: Austrian Vehicle Registration

  • One of only 37 4.0-litre Spyders produced; unquestionably the most desirable Mistral
  • Beautifully presented and well maintained following a recent restoration
  • Presented in its original and seldom-seen colours of Oro over White leather

By the late 1960s, Maserati’s ambition to establish the company as a producer of high-performance road cars was fulfilled. The company was producing a diverse range of products, from the Quattroporte and Mexico to the Sebring, and finally the Mistral.

When production of the Mistral commenced in 1964, a stiffer and shorter chassis composed of square-section tubular elements allowed the new model to distinguish itself from the Sebring by its more sporting character. Further advances were made from a stylistic perspective, with Pietro Frua penning an elegant and contemporary body for the car. The Spyder version was introduced later in the year, with no fewer than three engine variants of Maserati’s famous race-derived Tipo 109 straight-six. Offered here in 4.0-litre form, the largest and most desirable engine, the car is endowed with dazzling performance; the sprint from 0–60 mph can be achieved in just over six seconds, and has a top speed of over 150 mph. In the end, only 37 examples of the 4.0-litre variant of the Spyder were produced, making this car not only the ultimate version of the Mistral, but also exceptionally rare.

Confirmed by Maserati Classiche as one of the 125 original Mistral Spyders, this particular example was produced in June of 1966 and finished in the seldom-seen colour combination of Oro over a white leather interior, surely making this car an eye catcher in Los Angeles, where it was delivered new. Currently residing in Austria, the car has been recently restored in its original colours and presents immaculately throughout and would make for a stunning addition to any collection of Maseratis.

• Un des 37 Spyder 4 litres produits ; indiscutablement la plus désirable des Mistral
• Présentation magnifique, très bien entretenue depuis une restauration récente
• Rare teinte d'origine "Oro" avec intérieur en cuir blanc

A la fin des années 1960, les responsables de Maserati avaient réussi à donner à la marque un statut de constructeur de puissantes voitures de route. Il proposait alors une gamme de modèles variés, depuis les Quattroporte et Mexico jusqu'à la Sebring, et finalement la Mistral.

Quand la production de la Mistral a commencé en 1964, un châssis plus court et plus rigide, composé de tubes de section carrée, a permis au nouveau modèle de se distinguer de la Sebring par sa personnalité plus sportive. Elle s'en éloignait aussi par le style, Pietro Frua ayant dessiné pour cette voiture une carrosserie élégante et contemporaine. La version Spyder était dévoilée plus tard dans l'année, avec pas moins de trois déclinaisons du célèbre six-cylindres en ligne Maserati Tipo 109, issu de la compétition. Proposée ici sous avec le moteur 4 litres, le plus gros et le plus désirable, la voiture se caractérise par des performances brillantes ; elle passe de 0 à 1000 km/h en à peine plus de 6 s, avec une vitesse de pointe de 240 km/h. Au bout du compte, seulement 37 exemplaires de la version 4 litres du Spyder ont vu le jour, si bien que cette voiture est non seulement la version ultime de la Mistral, mais elle est aussi exceptionnellement rare.

Avec la confirmation par Maserati Classiche qu'il s'agit bien d'un des 125 exemplaires authentiques de Mistral Spyder, cette voiture est sortie d'usine en juin 1966 avec une rare combinaison de teintes "Oro" et intérieur en cuir blanc, ce qui n'a certainement pas manqué d'attirer l'attention à Los Angeles où elle a été livrée neuve. Basée actuellement en Autriche, cette voiture a été restaurée dans ses couleurs d'origine et offre une présentation immaculée à tous points de vue. Elle constituera un apport superbe à toute collection de Maserati.

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