With the Mistral, Maserati established the tradition of naming its Gran Turismo cars after famous winds (the Ghibli, Bora, Khamsin, Karif, Shamal and Levante would follow). The Mistral shared its mechanical features with the Sebring, but its two-seater fastback body designed by Pietro Frua had a much more modern appearance compared to the more traditionally styled 2+2 Sebring. A first prototype of the Mistral was presented at the Turin Motor Show in the autumn of 1963, but production did not start until 1964. Available with Maserati’s race-bred inline-6 engine, it could be specified in 3.5-liter, 3.7-liter and, later, 4.0-liter displacement. All cars were fitted with mechanical fuel injection from Lucas. The body was steel, but the doors, hood and rear window frame were made from aluminum to reduce weight.

Data sheet Mistral 3.5 Mistral 3.7 Mistral 4.0
Model code Tipo AM109.A1 Tipo AM109.S1 Tipo AM109.SA1
Body type 2-door, 2-seater fastback 2-door, 2-seater fastback 2-door, 2-seater fastback
Design Frua Frua Frua
Production years 1964 1964 - 1969 1965 - 1969
Maserati era Orsi family Orsi family Orsi family
Numbers produced 3 387 454
Chassis Tubular steel or aluminium ladder-frame platform chassis Tubular steel or aluminium ladder-frame platform chassis Tubular steel or aluminium ladder-frame platform chassis
Dry weight 1,430kg 1,430kg 1,430kg
Engine configuration Straight 6, double overhead camshaft Straight 6, double overhead camshaft Straight 6, double overhead camshaft
Displacement 3,485cc 3,694cc 4,014cc
Maximum power 235hp @ 5,800rpm 245hp @ 5,800rpm 265hp @ 5,200rpm
Top speed 255km/h 255km/h 255km/h
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