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*Please note that this vehicle was designed by Pietro Frua, not by Giovanni Michelotti, as was stated in the catalogue.
From the Maserati company’s beginnings, its road cars have been characterized by their thoroughbred engineering and contemporary styling. The Mistral Spider is a particularly successful example of this approach to building sports cars, as it combines the competition-derived twin-spark DOHC straight six with a masterful Giovanni Michelotti design, executed by Carrozzeria Frua. The successor to the popular 3500 GT, the Maserati Mistral was produced in relatively limited numbers, with 828 examples of the two-seater coupe built. Far more exclusive was the Spider model, of which just 120 were made during the model’s eight-year run. Maserati ended production of the Mistral in 1970.
According to the research of marque historian Dr. Adolfo Orsi, the order for this car was placed in spring 1967 by Al Garthwaite’s Trident Imported Motors of Rosemont, Pennsylvania. Factory records confirm that this Spider, chassis AM109.SA1.673, was originally specified in Rosso Capannelle paint with black leather upholstery, carpets, and soft top. Additional options, including a limitedslip differential, Borrani wire wheels, large 60 mm diameter exhaust pipes, and safety belts, contributed to the $8,532 price tag.
A relatively late-production Mistral Spider, this car is one of just 37 examples built with the four-liter engine, the final and most powerful variation of the classic Maserati twin-cam six. With its Lucas mechanical fuel injection, this refined engine produced 255 bhp and outstanding torque.
In May 1967, this car began its journey to the US aboard the SS President Arthur. Sold to its original owner through Trident Imported Motors, the Maserati has remained in the Mid-Atlantic region ever since and was recently discovered in a storage unit outside Washington, D.C. Last registered for the road in 1983, this rare four-liter Mistral Spider has never been restored, exhibited, or offered for public sale.
Presented in untouched, as-found condition, this Maserati is a very rare find and an ideal candidate for a concours-quality restoration. Essentially complete, but in need of a comprehensive restoration, this Mistral Spider retains its matching-numbers engine (internal no. 00799) and other important original details, including its fuel-injection system and original data tags. Accompanying the sale is a history report compiled by Dr. Orsi, along with copies of the original build sheet, delivery record, and factory correspondence.
Rare, glamorous, and capable of world-class performance, the Mistral Spider is certainly among the most desirable open sports cars of the late 1960s. This unrestored four-liter example, hidden away for decades and presented at auction for the first time, is an absolutely thrilling discovery and will spark tremendous interest when it finally returns to the public eye.