1966 Maserati Mistral Spyder 3700 For Sale by Auction
DOROTHEUM Spring Sale at Fahrzeug und Technik Zentrum Wien
Classic motorcars and automobilia
Saturday, June 23, 2018 – 4 p.m.
2331 Vösendorf, Doktor Robert Firneisstraße 6-8
1966 Maserati Mistral Spyder 3700
One of just 125 Mistral Spyders!
Delivered to Italy
Maserati launched the Mistral as the successor to the Sebring in 1963. Pietro Frua designed a body with extraordinary lines that looked modern and somehow different. The domed glass tailgate in particular needed some getting used to. Today, however, the Mistral is considered one of the most beautiful and sophisticated designs by Frua and even Maserati. The open-top version was released a year later as the Mistral Spyder, for which Giovanni Michelotti built on the original version by Frua. The Mistral Spyder was equipped with the familiar Maserati double cam, straight six engine that was originally used in motor racing, originally with 3.5-litre, then 3.76-litre and finally 4-litre displacement. 125 of the convertibles were produced until 1970, making it one of the rarest and most coveted jewels in the Maserati crown today!
This Mistral Spyder, chassis AM109/S*109*, was ordered from the Rome branch of Sport Auto Roma S.r.l. in November 1965. The selected colour was Rosso Arcoveggio, Italian for dark red, combined with Conolli leather in Biancho. The Spyder was completed five months later and delivered to its first owner, Elisa Menchini. In the same year, the Mistral changed hands to its second owner, and Alberto Sordi was seen in it, driving through the shot in the film “Scusi, lei è favorevole o contrario?”
The Spyder finally made its way to Berlin at the end of the 1970s, where it was purchased by an owner who kept it for almost 30 years. He had the convertible painted an elegant shade of black, paired with light brown leather, as part of an extensive refurbishment. The engine was also replaced in favour of the more powerful and coveted 4-litre unit. It then found a new home in one of Germany’s most significant collections of classic cars. It is pleasing to note how little it has been driven since restoration, as there are barely any traces of use.
The Mistral Spyder is doubtless among the most exciting convertibles ever built. This enchantingly beautiful and excellently documented specimen is a piece of Italian automobile history with everything this entails: racing sport mechanics, dressed up in a bespoke suit and carrying a hefty portion of dolce vita.
VIN: AM109/S*109*, mileage: 58,122 km (read), displacement: 4,014 cc/R6, power: 255 hp, colour: black/light brown (leather), gearbox: 5-speed, papers: German registration papers
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