Maserati Mistral

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Maserati Mistral
1967 Maserati Mistral Coupe - silver - fvr (4637057473) cropped.jpg
1967 Maserati Mistral
Overview
Manufacturer Maserati
Also called Maserati 2 Posti
Maserati 4000 GT
Production 1963-1970
Designer Pietro Frua
Giovanni Michelotti (Spyder)
Body and chassis
Class Grand tourer (S)
Body style 2-door, 2-seat coupé
2-door, 2-seat spyder
Layout Front-engine, rear-wheel-drive
Powertrain
Engine 3.5 L I6 (petrol)
3.7 L I6 (petrol)
4.0 L I6 (petrol)
Transmission 5-speed ZF manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,400 mm (94.5 in)
Length 4,500 mm (177.2 in)
Width 1,675 mm (65.9 in)
Height 1,300 mm (51.2 in)
Kerb weight 1,430 kg (3,153 lb) (dry)
Chronology
Predecessor Maserati 3500 GT
Successor Maserati Ghibli

The Maserati Mistral (Tipo AM109) is a 2-seat gran turismo produced by Italian car manufacturer Maserati between 1963 and 1970. The successor to the 3500 GT, it was styled by Frua and bodied by Maggiora of Turin.[citation needed] A total of 828 coupés and 125 Spyders were built.

Named after a cold northerly wind of southern France, it was also the first in a series of classic Maseratis to be given the name of a wind. The Mistral was succeeded by the Ghibli gran turismo, which overlapped production from 1967 on.

History[edit]

The Mistral is the last model from the Casa del Tridente (“House of the Trident”) to have the company's renown twin-spark, double overhead cam straight six engine. Fitted to the Maserati 250F Grand Prix cars, it won 8 Grand Prix between 1954 and 1960 and one F1 World Championship in 1957 driven by Juan Manuel Fangio. The engine featured hemispherical combustion chambers fed by a Lucas indirect fuel injection system, a new development for Italian car manufacturers. Maserati subsequently moved on to V8 engines for their later production cars to keep up with the demand for ever more powerful machines.

Three engine were fitted to the Mistral, displacing 3500, 3700 and 4000 cc and developing 235 bhp at 5500 rpm, 245 bhp at 5500 rpm and 255 bhp at 5200 rpm, respectively. Only the earliest of the Mistrals were equipped with the 3500 cc, the most sought after derivative is the 4000 cc model. Unusually, the body was offered in both aluminium and, from 1967, in steel, but no one is quite sure how many of each were built. The automobile was standard with a five speed ZF transmission and four wheel solid disc brakes. Per Maserati practice, the front suspension was independent and the rear solid axle. Acceleration 0-60 for both the 3.7 liter and 4.0 liter engines was around or just under 7 seconds, and top speed approximately 140 mph (225 km/h) to 145 mph (233 km/h). When leaving the factory the car was originally fitted Pirelli Cinturato 205VR15 tyres (CN72) on Borrani wire wheels. Only the Spyder received the 3500 engine; just 12 were made, along with 76 3.7 L and 37 4.0 L versions. Twenty spyders were right hand drive.

The body was designed by Pietro Frua and first shown in a preview at the Salone Internazionale dell'Automobile di Torino in November 1963. It is generally considered one of the most beautiful Maseratis of all time. It is also often confused to the very similar looking but larger and more powerful Frua designed AC Frua.

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