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Maserati Mistral
Pietro Frua designed both Coupe and Spider versions of the Mistral. The GT was exhibited at the Turin Salon in 1963, and the Spyder was shown at the Geneva Salon in 1964. Cars could be built with steel or aluminium bodies, but there was a steel substructure underneath that owed its design to the Maserati Birdcage sports racing car. Mistrals were given 6-cylinder engines of 3500cc, 3700cc or 4000cc, and all the engines were developments of the 1957 Fangio 250F Grand Prix engine.


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Maserati Mistral 4000 - badge
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Maserati Mistral 4000 - bonnet badge
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Maserati Mistral 4000 - Trident badge on grille
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Maserati 4000 Spyder - badge on tail
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Maserati Mistral GT. When exhibited at Turin in 1963, the 'Due Posti' was intended to have a 3.5-litre engine based on the 350S sports racing car. However the first production cars were given a 3695cc unit, still derived from the engine given to the 250F F1 car. From 1966 a 4014cc engine was available.
Maserati Mistral 4000 front
Maserati Mistral 4000. The Turin Salon of 1963 revealed the shape of Pietro Frua's 4000 GT. The car was given the name of a wind, 'Mistral' and it replaced the long line of 3500 GT cars. The 4000cc straight six double overhead cam engine owed its heritage to Fangio's Maserati 250F engine (1954-60)
Maserati Mistral 4000 rear
Maserati Mistral 4000. The beautiful Mistral body was similar to the AC 428 coupe also by Frua.
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Maserati Mistral GT. Exhibited first in 1963, and then in production during 1964, the Mistral carried a 3695cc version of the 350S Sports racer 6-cylinder engine, with dohc and Lucas injection. Later a 4012cc engine was offered.
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Maserati Mistral GT. The design by Pietro Frua was launched at the Salon di Torino in 1963 as the 'Due Posti, but thankfully was christened 'Mistrale' by a French dealer before production in 1964
Maserati Mistral Spyder front
Maserati 4000 Spyder. The Spyder version of the Mistral was also designed by Pietro Frua, and was launched at the Geneva Salon in 1964.
Maserati Mistral Spyder rear
Maserati 4000 Spyder. Pietro Frua was also asked to design the Fastback and Convertible version of the AC 428 and he seems to have borrowed heavily; in fact the doors were interchangeable.
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Maserati Mistral 4000 - wing vent
Pietro Frua
Maserati Quattroporte I
A.C. 428
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