This early prototype of the Maserati Mistral is an absolute masterpiece and is a important part of the Maserati history.
Av Henrik Malmberg | Automotive | 2016-09-05
Throughout the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s, Maserati became synonymous with single-seater Grand Prix cars. These racing cars were always aesthetically pleasing and highly competitive alongside their contemporaries. During this period, Maserati also built road-going sports models in small numbers; however, this changed in 1957 with the launch of 3500 GT at the Geneva Motor Show.
The Mistral and it's sweeping two-plus-two body with opening rear hatch was penned by Giovanni Michelotti at Frua, and it endowed the car with contemporary styling, which kept the car fresh into the end of the decade. Maserati historian Adolfo Orsi has confirmed from factory records that this car was one of the factory prototypes built in 1963 with chassis number AM109 004, and that it was the second Mistral coupé built. As one of the very earliest examples of one of their most charismatic models, this Mistral, which rolls into auction via RM Sothebys, represents an important part of Maserati history.
Photo: RM Sothebys
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