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Mistral

With this car Maserati started 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 base with the Sebring but, thanks to its 2-seater fastback body from 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 before 1964. The Mistral received model code AM109 and was tasked to replace the successful 3500GT/3500GTI model. Available with Maserati's race-bred straight-six engine in 3.5, 3.7 or 4.0-litre form, all cars were fitted with mechanical fuel injection from Lucas. The body was steel but the doors, bonnet and rear window frame were made from aluminium 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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