<b>1968 Maserati Mistral 4000 Spyder</b> <br />Chassis no. AM109/SA1 691<br />Engine no. AM109/SA1 691
Lot 67
Multiple Award Winner
Coachwork by Frua
1968 Maserati Mistral 4000 Spyder
Coachwork by Frua
US$ 750,000 - 900,000
€640,000 - 770,000

Lot Details
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1968 Maserati Mistral 4000 Spyder
Coachwork by Frua

Chassis no. AM109/SA1 691
Engine no. AM109/SA1 691

4,014cc DOHC 6-Cylinder Engine
Lucas Mechanical Fuel Injection
265bhp at 5,600rpm
5-Speed ZF Manual Transmission
Independent Front Suspension - Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*One of 120 Mistral Spyders built, of which just 37 were fitted with the 4-Liter engine
*Matching numbers example
*Documented ownership history and Maserati Classiche documentation
*Multiple Concours award winner
*Offered with tools, manual and fitted luggage


The Maserati Mistral

We do not suppose there are many cars whose names conjure up an aura of exotic glamour to the same extent as that of Maserati. Even now, many years after the company has withdrawn from any form of competition, past glories linger on. Sporting Motorist.

Maserati's survival strategy for the 1960s centered on establishing the company - which hitherto had mainly concentrated on its Grand Prix and sports car racing activities - as a producer of road cars. The Modena marque's new era began in 1957 with the launch at the Geneva Salon of the Touring-bodied 3500 GT. A luxury '2+2', the 3500 GT drew heavily on Maserati's competition experience, employing a tubular chassis frame and an engine derived from the 350S sports car unit of 1956. Suspension was independent at the front by wishbones and coil springs, while at the back there was a conventional live axle/semi-elliptic arrangement. The 3500 GT's designer was none other than Giulio Alfieri, creator of the immortal Tipo 60/61 'Birdcage' sports-racer and the man responsible for developing the 250F into a World Championship winner. The twin-overhead-camshaft, six-cylinder engine was a close relative of that used in the 250F and developed around 220bhp initially, later examples producing 235bhp on Lucas mechanical fuel injection. Built initially with drum brakes and four-speed transmission, the 3500 GT was progressively updated, gaining five speeds, front disc brakes and, finally, all-disc braking.

Last of these classic six-cylinder Maseratis, the Pietro Frua-styled Mistral commenced production in 1963. The 3.7-liter version of the manufacturer's long-stroke engine was fitted to most cars, while a more powerful 265 HP 4.0-liter version was fitted to later Mistrals. A handsome two-seater on a shortened, square-tube chassis, the Mistral was built in Coupe and Spyder versions. The body is mostly alloy making it the shortest and lightest of the Maserati models produced in the 1960s and 1970s. A five-speed ZF gearbox, disc brakes and fuel injection were standard equipment; almost all were fitted with Borrani wire wheels. Production ceased in 1970, by which time a total of 828 Coupes and 120 Spyders had been built. Of these, only 37 were 4.0-liter Mistral Spyders, making this particular model on offer the ultimate and rarest variant.

The Motorcar Offered

This Maserati Mistral Spyder was built on December 19, 1967. This is one of the 37 late production Mistral Spyder, fitted with the 4.0-liter engine, which was most powerful version of Maserati's famed DOHC six-cylinder engine. The late 4.0-liter cars were also fitted with an uprated dry style Lucas mechanical injection, that utilized gasoline instead of engine oil as its lubricant. It is known from records on file that the car was originally ordered in the combination of Argento Auteuil Metalizzato (silver), with Marrone (brown) interior. First owner was Signor Rol of Torino, an ex- Maserati works driver who had campaigned 4CLT and A6GCM racing Maseratis from 1946 to 1950. It is uncertain how long Signor Torino kept the car, but it was imported to the USA, in the early 1970's.
The first known American owner was Joseph E. Phillips of Fort Collins, CO. The date that Mr. Phillips purchased the car is unknown, but he did retain the car until 1982. At this time, the car passed to Mr. Ken Swarzwalder. Mr. Swarzawalder owned the car until 2002, and during his ownership the car went through a variety of major service work. In 2002, the car then passed to Mr. Will Stevenson of Bellingham, WA.

Mr. Stevenson retained the car until 2005 when it passed to the consigner. At the time the car had been repainted a root bear brown, with a tan interior and top. The car had been wonderfully maintained. The engine compartment was wonderfully complete and still retained its original dry (gasoline lubrication) Lucas injection system.

The consigner decided to embark on a restoration to return the car to its original silver color. The car was stripped down to bare metal, and the body was found to be in very good condition and was incredibly straight. It was then refinished in its original Argento Auteuil Metalizzato (silver). The tan interior that had been fitted was not in proper Maserati leather. After much consideration, the owner decided to change the interior color to red. Proper Maserati "printed and crushed" leather was procured. During this process, the owner had a set of proper Maserati Luggage reproduced in matching red leather. The car was then fitted with an attractive black soft top.

During the cosmetic restoration, the mechanicals of the car were attended to as well. The engine had been rebuilt during the 1970s and had very few miles on it. One problem with the later Mistral cars was the fuel system. Knowing this and planning to use the car, it was decided to fit the car with an additional fuel pump, which allows the driver to switch between the pumps, as was installed by Maserati on some Mistrals. This avoids the unit overheating, and a backup fuel pump contributes immeasurably to security on the road, particularly in situations while touring or rallying.

Since this work was completed the car has traveled 7000 trouble free miles. It has also been shown and has won awards at Amelia Island, Hilton Head, and the Keenland Concours. It has been impeccably maintained, and presents very well today.

Anyone who has ever driven a 6-cylinder Maserati will tell you that they are an incredible driving experience. Driving a 1960s rare Italian classic in any number of events will give the new owner unparalleled opportunities for touring in the grand manner. This car's remarkable history and its marvelous presentation make it a coveted usable asset for the serious enthusiast.
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