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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 fastback2-door, 2-seater fastback2-door, 2-seater fastback
Design FruaFruaFrua
Production years 19641964 - 19691965 - 1969
Maserati era Orsi familyOrsi familyOrsi family
Numbers produced 3387454
ChassisTubular steel or aluminium ladder-frame platform chassisTubular steel or aluminium ladder-frame platform chassisTubular steel or aluminium ladder-frame platform chassis
Dry weight1,430kg1,430kg1,430kg
Engine configuration Straight 6, double overhead camshaftStraight 6, double overhead camshaftStraight 6, double overhead camshaft
Maximum power 235hp @ 5,800rpm245hp @ 5,800rpm 265hp @ 5,200rpm
Top speed 255km/h255km/h255km/h
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