Maserati Mistral 4000 Coupé 1967
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Frua
Chassis no. AM 109/A1*1172*
•Delivered new in Italy
•One of 827 coupés built
•Purchased in the USA in 2016
•EU taxes paid
Last of the classic six-cylinder Maseratis, the Pietro Frua-styled Mistral built on the success of the first-of-the-line 3500GT. Maserati's survival strategy for the 1960s had centred on establishing the company - which hitherto had mainly concentrated on its Grand Prix and sports car racing activities - as a producer of road cars. The Modena marque's new era began in 1957 with the launch at the Geneva Salon of the Touring-bodied 3500GT. A luxury '2+2', the 3500GT drew heavily on Maserati's competition experience, employing a tubular chassis frame and an engine derived from the 350S sports car unit of 1956. Suspension was independent at the front by wishbones and coil springs, while at the back there was a conventional live axle/semi-elliptic arrangement. The twin-overhead-camshaft, six-cylinder engine was a close relative of that used in the 250F and developed around 220bhp initially, later examples producing 235bhp on Lucas mechanical fuel injection. Built initially with drum brakes and four-speed transmission, the 3500GT was progressively updated, gaining five speeds, front disc brakes and, finally, all-disc braking.
Built on the short-wheelbase chassis of the Vignale-bodied 3500GT spider, the next development of the theme, the Sebring coupé, arrived in 1962, while the marque's final iteration, the Mistral, commenced production the following year. The 3.7-litre version of the famous long-stroke engine was fitted to most cars, other options being the 3.5-litre or, from 1966, the 4.0-litre unit, all of which came with Lucas fuel injection. A handsome two-seater on a shortened, square-tube chassis, the Mistral was built in coupé and spider versions, the former's opening rear window hatch making it unusually practical for a sports car. A five-speed gearbox, disc brakes and fuel injection were standard equipment; automatic transmission, air conditioning, and a limited-slip differential the options. Production ceased in 1970, by which time 827 coupés and 123 spiders had been built.
According to Maserati Classiche, this rare and desirable 4.0-litre Mistral left the factory on 3rd February 1967 for delivery to Rolma Automobili Srl in Milan, Italy. The original colour scheme was Blue Tigullio (dark blue) with black leather interior, while the first registered owner was Mr Ugo Righini. The current owner purchased the Maserati in the USA in December 2016. The previous owner was Richard Lee Belveal of Prescott, Arizona. The coachwork and interior are clean and the car is in sound condition, giving a future owner the opportunity to either re-commission it for immediate use or carry out a more extensive restoration. A copy of US title is on file and the car also comes with an FFVE document, maintenance manual, copies of the original factory documentation, and Maserati Classiche certification. EU taxes have been paid.
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