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.
RM Sotheby’s – PARIS 2018 – Offered on: Wednesday, February 7, 2018