Among Pietro Frua’s Most Notable Designs
One of Just 120 Mistral Spiders Built
Sold New with Rare Factory Hardtop
Early History Documented by Marque Historian Adolfo Orsi
One of 12 Spiders Built with the 3.5-Liter Engine
3,485 CC DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Three Weber 40 DCOE Carburetors
235 BHP at 5,500 RPM
5-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Front Independent Suspension with Coil Springs
Live Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
Hubertus Liebrecht, Rhein, Germany (acquired new via Auto-König in 1964)
Werner Pohl, Waldkraiburg, Germany (acquired by March 1969)
Hans Huwyler, South Carolina (acquired by mid-1997)
Current Owner (acquired from the above)
From the Maserati company’s beginnings, its road cars were designed and built to the highest performance standards and featured the most contemporary styling of their time. The Mistral is one such example, powered by the company’s massively successful twin-spark DOHC straight six. It is considered by many to be one of the most beautifully designed Maseratis of all time, penned by the talented Pietro Frua.
The successor of the 3500 GT, Maserati’s most successful road car to date, the Mistral featured a large, airy greenhouse, which became a Frua design hallmark, as well as an all-glass, hinged rear hatch. There were 828 of the two-seater coupes built; but far more exclusive was the beautiful Mistral Spider, of which just 120 were made during the model’s eight-year run. Maserati ended production of the Mistral in 1970; it was a major turning point for the company as the Mistral was the last model to use the time-tested straight-six engine on which most of the company’s accolades were built.
According to Maserati historian Adolfo Orsi, this Mistral 3.5 Spider was first sold in Germany to Hubertus Liebrecht via the well-known German dealer Auto-König in Munich. As a relatively early Mistral Spider, this car is among just 12 that were built with the last few 3.5-liter engines from the outgoing 3500 GT.
Herr Liebrecht, whose family owned the major pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim, specified several options for his Spider, including the strikingly proportioned removable hardtop, which features tapered sail panels that extend past the rear window, achieving a distinctive integrated look. Originally finished in Bleu Sera with Connolly leather upholstery, the Spider was further specified with Borrani wire wheels, air-conditioning, a dash-mounted grab handle for the passenger and modified, custom seats. After approximately four years, the Maserati was sold to its second owner, Werner Pohl of Waldkraiburg, Germany.
By 1997, the rare Mistral Spider had made its way to the US and was owned by Hans Huwyler of South Carolina. Refinished in red, the engine was converted to a three-carburetor induction system, replacing the sometimes-troublesome Lucas fuel injection unit. As offered by the current owner, the Maserati appears well kept, inside and out, just as it left Mr. Huwyler’s collection. The car has not been run since being acquired by the consignor, and will require mechanical attention prior to road use.
Complete with its as-delivered hardtop and with its matching-numbers 3.5-liter engine (internal number 2298), this Mistral Spider represents a true rarity that would be ideal for Maserati club events, rallies, and most any local concours.