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1965 Maserati Mistral 3700 Coupé

Lot No.: 529

Registration: GGO 495C
Chassis Number: AM109 232
Engine Number: 109 232
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 3692cc
Year of Manufacture: 1965
Sold for (£): Unsold

With the 3500 GT nearing the end of its successful run, Maserati entrusted to Pietro Frua the task of designing a new two-seater coupé, based on the Tipo 109 chassis. So was born the Mistral, the first in a series a classic Maseratis to be given the name of a legendary wind and the last model from the Casa del Tridente to be equipped with a straight six cylinder engine before Maserati moved on to V8 engines for their production cars.

Frua's new creation, originally named the 'Due Posti' (two seats), was first shown in a preview at the Salone Internazionale dell'Automobile di Torino in November 1963. This classic Italian 'GranTurismo' entered production in 1964 and remained so until 1970. The seven years of production was proof of the beauty and originality of its design and is, in the view of many, the most beautiful body to come from Pietro Frua of Turin. It was at the suggestion of Col. Simone, the French Maserati Concessionaire, that the Due Posti should be renamed 'Mistral'.

The engine was a direct descendent of the 6-cylinder unit mounted in the Tipo 350S sports racer and boasted a close relationship with the engine that powered the Tipo 250F F1 single-seater, driven by Manuel Fangio, to Maserati's one and only F1 World Championship in 1957. Mistral engines evolved throughout its production life from 3,500cc to 3,700cc and then to 4,000cc. In total, just 828 Mistral Coupés were manufactured and of these, a very small percentage were delivered in right-hand drive form.

This stunning and extremely rare, UK-supplied example was first registered on 14th October 1965 to a Mr James Alistair Todd of Marlborough. It remained with its first owner until 1989 and had just one additional owner until it was purchased by our vendor in 2008. Himself a skilled engineer, the car was then stripped and sympathetically restored over a seven-year period.

The bodywork was painted and the engine was fully rebuilt with help and parts from Bill McGrath-Maserati. There are a number of invoices in the history file from Bill and other suppliers. In total, not counting his own hands-on involvement, the receipts added up to around £45,000, a serious amount considering this did not include any labour. Completed in 2015 and supplied with an MoT Certificate until May 2017, the car presents very well today.

The paintwork is not perfect but is very presentable, the interior has been kept largely original, and the engine bay looks superb and has been detailed and finished to a high standard, The car has covered a gentle 2,500 miles since it was finished.

A copy of the previous registration details confirms just three registered keepers from new. We welcome pre-sale inspections and encourage prospective bidders to contact the office for further details. This incredibly rare Maserati is ready for a new home and offers exclusivity, performance, and excellent value, especially when compared with Aston Martins and Ferraris from the same era.