- Body Type: Convertible , Sports
- Dealer Location: Madrid
- Year Built: 1968
- Engine Size: 4.0L
- Trans: Choose an item
- Fuel Type: Gas
- Ext color: blue celeste
- Int color: white
With beautiful Frua coachwork and a fuel-injected twin-plug dual overhead cam inline-6 derived from Maserati’s 250F Formula 1 race car engine, the Mistral is a beautiful, technically interesting, and a highly desirable classic. The Mistrals were introduced in 1963 in 3.7 liter form, making it among the first fuel-injected production cars, and was equipped with a 5-speed ZF transmission and disc brakes all round. In 1966, the powerplant was upgraded to a 4.0 liter unit, creating what is now the most sought-after variant of the car.
This particular car is a 4.0 liter example with a great proved history. It got sold when new (April 8th, 1968 according the available Maserati “certificate d’origine”) to the President of the Philippine Airlines Mr. Benigno F. Toda Jr. who enjoyed it for a few years until he had to stop it due to a small fire created by the Lucas injection, which luckily only affected just to the injection and part of the left fender. Mr. Benigno Toda was a VIP of the Philippine’s High Society of those days (Picture available of Mr. Benigno Toda together with his wife Mrs. Rosemarie Tuason-Toda and the Philippines first Lady Mrs. Imelda Marcos). The car was then sold to Mr. Wayne Johnston, who brought it to Florida, US and put in storage waiting for its restoration. It was then acquired back in 1985 by a classic car collector called Mr. Denton C Smith of Monroe, Georgia who had in storage until today. The car has never been unmolested since it was taken to the USA and the dust on it is the most faithful proof.
The car comes with its original hardtop, radio, interior, etc… It is in need of restoration but we are talking about a great car of all times, fully matching numbers and complete to the 99%. The chassis is excellent, with its complete original interior, AC and wire wheels.
The instruments are handsome and in good cosmetic shape showing very low millage. All appear to be original. The wood rimmed steering wheel is in good shape, although there are small hairline cracks in the varnish. The switches and controls are in good condition throughout.
This is an excellent opportunity to acquire an interesting, rare, and attractive classic Italian sports car. Classic Maseratis from the 50′s and 60′s are highly appreciated, mainly the convertible ones. The Mistral spyder is a fine way to experience a world-class classic Italian sports car with a racing-derived motor, coachbuilt Italian bodywork (often considered Frua’s best work), and genuine rarity with about 125 examples produced of which only a third had installed the more powerful 4.0 liter engine. Although a less appreciated 3500 Gti spyder and made in steel by Vignale broke a record sale a few weeks ago reaching over $ 750.000, they continue to be undervalued, particularly compared to contemporary Ferraris, examples of which are now trading for well over $ 2 Mil.
This particular beauty, wearing the most beautiful original color combination (blue celeste with white interior) will start soon a nut and bolt restoration and is considered to become a classic car icon which we’re sure it’ll brake sale records in every auction.
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