Maserati Mistral 3.7

Maserati Mistral

1963 to 1970

Simply labelled “2 Posti” (or even “Berlina 2 Posti” as Road & Track still stated in 1964), it took the Mistral name following the suggestion of the French Maserati importer Colonel John Simone. Mistral is the name of a French wind blowing from the Mediterranean coast, and from this point onwards Maserati two-seater sports cars would be named after winds. 2+2 coupés would take the names of race tracks, the Sebring started this trend earlier that year.

The 1964 Maserati range was the most comprehensive yet, with the Mistral and Quattroporte joining the Sebring, 3500 GT and 3500 GT Spyder. The Mistral’s styling was an enromous success courtesy of Pietro Frua of Turin. The car was exceptionally innovative, with its air intake mounted underneath the front bumper, thus abandoning the traditional grille. Its high tail featured another interesting first: the tailgate. Large windows made the cabin very airy. Bodies were manufactured by Maggiora in Turin and finished at Officine Padane in Modena. The majority of Mistrals were constructed in alloy, but from 1967 thy were replaced with a steel construction, with just the bonnet and doors remaining in alloy. The chassis – made of square-section tubes – was new, with a wheelbase of just 2.4 metres, 10 cm shorter than the Sebring and the Vignale Spyder.

The engine was increased to 3.7 litres, the same unit that would later be fitted to the Sebring, whilst the Mistral Spyder would initially be fitted with the 3.5 version, deemed sufficient for drop-top motoring. According to the original brochure, “twin ignition and indirect fuel injection offered exceptional power, smoothness and economy”. All Mistrals were fitted with disc brakes, whilst air conditioning, the 3-speed automatic transmission and a radio were optional.

Technical specifications

ModelMistral 3700
Maserati internal codeTipo AM109
Production start1963
Number Produced828 (combined with 4.0)
Ignitiontwin-plug, coil ignition
Lubricationforced with delivery pump
Transmission5-speed + reverse synchronised, single dry plate clutch with flexible coupling and hydraulic drive
Reduction1:3.54 (3.77 on request, 3.31 with automatic gearbox)
Gear ratiosI=3.0; II=1.705; III=1.24; IV=1; V=0.85; R=3.17
Chassistubular steel or aluminium ladder-frame platform chassis
Front suspensiondouble wishbones, coil springs, telescopic dampers and anti-roll bar
Rear suspensioncantilever leaf springs, hydraulic telescopic dampers and anti-roll bar
Brakesdiscs, servo-assisted, hydraulic, independent dual circuit
Steeringworm and sector
Cooling systemwater-cooled, centrifugal pump
Length177.16 inches (4,500 mm)
Width65.75 inches (1,675 mm)
Height51.18 inches (1,300 mm)
Wheelbase94.49 inches (2,400 mm)
Front track54.7 inches (1,390 mm)
Rear track53.5 inches (1,360 mm)
Dry weight3,152 lbs (1,430 Kg)
Tyresfront/rear 205 VR x 15 Cinturato HS Pirelli
Wheelswire wheels, 600x16
Top speed155 mph (255 kmh)
Bodyworktwo-door, 2+2 berlinetta
Fuel tanktwo tanks, total 15.5 Imperial gallons (70 litres)
0-62 mph6.4 sec (0 to 100 kph)
Production dates1963-1970
Enginestraight 6
Bore and stroke86x106 mm
Total displacement3,694.41 cc
Displacements (unitary)615.735 cc
Compression ratio8.08.01
Maximum power245 bhp at 5,500 rpm
Maximum torque38 Kgm at 3,500 rpm
Timing geartwo valves per cylinder, twin overhead camshafts
Fuel feedLucas indirect fuel injection
Fuel & lubricantN.O 98/100 RM