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Car Tales: The Maserati Mistral: Design Classic Blowin' In The Wind...

‘Visitors to the south of France at the end of summer may well be acquainted with the mistral. Often described as the chilly wind that blows in from north Africa heralding the shift to fall, that is not actually the case. The mistral originates in the Atlantic ocean, whenever there is an area of high pressure off Portugal in the Bay of Biscay.
1967 Maserati Mistral for sale
‘When this collides with a region of low pressure around Italy’s Gulf of Genoa, the flow of high and low pressure areas draws in a current of cold air from further north in France. When other parts of France have clouds and storms, Provence is rarely affected for long, since the mistral quickly clears the sky. In less than two hours, the sky can change from completely cloud-covered to completely clear. This clarity of the air and light is one of the features that attracted many French impressionist and post-impressionist artists to the South of France.

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‘The mistral has the reputation of bringing good health, since the dry air dries stagnant water and the mud, giving the mistral the local name mange-fange – mud-eater in English.
‘Simultaneously powerful and soothing, there is something perpetually reassuring about the mistral.
1967 Maserati Mistral 4.0-Liter side
‘Which of course is precisely the case with the Maserati Mistral. The Maserati Mistral was a 2-seater gran turismo produced by the Italian car manufacturer from 1963 to 1970. The Maserati Mistral was styled by Pietro Frua, among the most prominent car designers in Italy during the 1960s: the “Frua line” was synonymous with the good taste of a single man.
‘Pietro Frua followed each car’s realization to the last detail of fully functional one-offs and prototypes, often driving them to their presentation at the motor shows in Europe. Bodywork for the Maserati Mistral was by the celebrated Maggiora of Turin.
‘Presently here at Beverly Hills Car Club we have a recently discovered 1967 Maserati Mistral 4.0-Liter, in blue with a beige interior. The vehicle comes equipped with a manual transmission, wood steering wheel, and wire wheels. An extremely desirable and highly collectible Italian sports car that has just come out of storage and is an excellent candidate for restoration.
‘In 1963 Maserati also presented the Frua-bodied four-door Quattroporte, which re-established Frua’s relationship with the automobile company. With the launch of the Mistral, Frua’s status during the 1960s was cemented. Maserati’s survival strategy for the 1960s centered on establishing the firm – which hitherto had mainly concentrated on its Grand Prix and sports car racing activities – as a producer of road cars.
1967 Maserati Mistral interior
‘With these cars Maserati was positioned into a new market of luxury and powerful, understated cars.
‘The Mistral is the last model from the Casa del Tridente (‘House of the Trident’) to have the company’s renowned twin-spark, double overhead cam straight six engine. Fitted to the Maserati 250F Grand Prix cars, this engine won eight Grand Prix between 1954 and 1960 and the F1 World Championship in 1957, driven by Juan Manuel Fangio. The production run of 298 vehicles ran from 1964 to 1970.
1967 Maserati Mistral engine
‘While sharing some of the features (particularly the engine components) that were present in the Maserati 250F, the Mistral was primarily marketed as a more sporting alternative to the popular Sebring. One of the most notable influences upon such a streamlined framework was through the distinctive appeal and talent of designer Pietro Frua.
‘The original Mistral was first displayed at the 1963 Salone Internazionale dell’Automobile di Torino auto show, revealed as one of the most stunning and distinctive designs of all time. This car can also be referred to as the Maserati 2 Posti and the Maserati 4000 GT.
‘As I said, the Maserati Mistral is famous for being the last version to utilize a straight-six cylinder engine that was of the double overhead cam design, the very same design which enabled the Maserati 250F to win those 8 Grand Prix titles between 1954 and 1960. Thus, it was perfectly understandable to appreciate why fans of sports cars particularly enjoyed the Maserati Mistral.
1967 Maserati Mistral 4-Liter rear
‘During later years, the company switched to the powerful V8 engine as an alternative to the traditional V6. The top speed for the 4.0 engine, the model we currently have for sale, was between 225 and 233 kilometers per hour (140 to 145 miles per hour). An acceleration from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just under 7 seconds was also impressive. This enabled the Maserati Mistral to be one of the fastest production models of its time.
The Maserati Mistral is considered one of the most beautiful touring cars of all time. And the version we have, the 4.0 liter engined model, is considered the most desirable coupe.
You’ll be blown away!
-Alex Manos, Owner
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