The Mistral was Maserati’s first ‘wind car’ and was produced from 1964-1970. Designed by Pietro Frua, it featured a classic design with innovative features such as a glass ‘hatchback’ boot.
It had a traditional ladder chassis with a six-cylinder engine, live, leaf-sprung rear suspension, and a five-speed German ZF gearbox. The Mistral Coupe and Spyder were produced and had lavish interiors, sumptuous seating, and twin fuel tanks.
The Spyder was available in 3.5-liter, 3.7-liter, and 4.0-liter engine versions, with fuel injection and twin-plug heads. It was produced in limited numbers and was owned by famous actors such as Laurence Harvey, Alberto Sordi, and Ugo Tognazzi.
The Mistral Spyder is still highly desirable and is compared to other convertibles of the period such as the Aston Martin DB6 Volante and Ferrari 275 GTS.
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