This is a very late serial number Mistral spyder with the 4.0 liter engine. According to the factory historian, this is one of only 37 Mistral spyders, from the total of 120 built, with the larger 4.0 liter engine. The Mistral was built in December 1967, with the first owner being Sig. Rol of Torino, Italy, the ex-works driver from 1946-1950. He drove a 4CLT and A6GCM. Apparently after his Maserati driving days were over he remained a loyal customer as he also purchased several other Maserati cars.
When I purchased the car some prior owner had it painted a root beer color ... not exactly the most attractive color. In May, 2007 I started to restore the car and return it to its original silver color. Photos of the restoration can be viewed by clicking on the link below. The Mistral retains its original dry type Lucas fuel injection which has never given me a problems.
The Mistral is perhaps one of the most under-appreciated of all classic Maseratis. Build quality is excellent with many nice details. The body is approximately 70% aluminum and 30% steel. This can be seen on the photos when the car was taken down to bare metal. The Mistral has a much more modern driving feel than a 3500GT, yet retains its classic charm. The instrument panel is one of the most attractive of any Maserati. For me it is one of the best Maserati GT built.
Partial list of shows: 2007 Atlanta Italian Car Day 2008 Keeneland Concours D'Elegance 2008 Hilton Head Concours D'Elegance 2009 Amelia Island Concours D'Elegance 2010 Atlanta Italian Car Day 2010 Keeneland Concours D'Elegance 2011 Euro Auto Festival 2013 Hilton Head Concours D'Elegance 2014 Keeneland Concours D'Elegance 2016 Euro Auto Festival