MASERATI MISTRAL COUPE 3700
An exceptionally rare car, we understand our Mistral to be one of only 23 Maserati Mistral Coupes to be sold new in the UK, with ours being one of the first since it was completed in September 1964. As an early car, it houses the 3.7-litre version of Maserati’s straight-six engine, Lucas fuel injection, 16” Borrani wire wheels, Jaeger instruments and manual window winders.
Formerly belonging to a celebrity chef, known for his penchant for Maseratis, it was often seen at Goodwood and sometimes on the Maserati stand in the Earl’s Court Motorshow in his ownership, but ultimately rarely used and sold to the current owner & collector in 2010.
It was this person who recently enlisted McGrath Maserati of Hertfordshire to carry out a thorough mechanical overhaul, starting with the engine, but also the Lucas fuel injection system, and ultimately the gearbox too. During this work, a modern fuel pump was fitted to keep the Lucas system reliable, but the gearbox when stripped was found to be in a poor state. A later ZF box from a 4.0-litre Mistral was acquired, rebuilt, and fitted. This is generally accepted as a desirable modification as the gearchange quality is far superior to the earlier version which we can happily confirm. The axle was rebuilt, and much attention was paid to the suspension, brakes, heating, ventilation systems and generally detailing the car to make it drive well and work reliably. All the accompanying invoices are available to view.
The aluminium body which had been restored in the 1990s restoration presents in Maserati Blu Celeste Chiaro, one of the most stunning colours for any Mistral. It is in largely very good order, but close inspection in one or two areas shows some shortcomings. The interior had also been retrimmed in beige leather and with blue carpets during the 1990s but has held up well and tells a consistent story between the paint and the interior. The driver specifically benefits from one delightful period option, the ‘Malvino’ wood rim steering wheel. Just glorious.
Maserati Classiche has confirmed that this is a matching numbers car and a certificate of ‘Technical and Aesthetic Characteristics’ from Maserati is on file.
Being one of just 23 right-hand drive and UK delivered cars this is clearly a very rare car, and accordingly, quite collectable. Aside from this though, we imagine the new owner will derive enormous pleasure from actually driving this car. The 6-cylinder Maserati is very different from a comparative Jaguar or Aston Martin engine. More revvy perhaps. Robust, even. …Whatever it is, it’s addictive!
- LayoutFront Engined
- AspirationNormally Aspirated
- Body typeCoupe
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