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1966 Maserati Mistral

History

The Mistral was produced from 1963 through 1970. During its production lifespan, 120 spyders and 830 coupes were produced. The design had been penned by the Italian stylist Pietro Frua, arguably one of his greatest automotive designs. The French had a name for a strong, cold wind in their southern region, it was Mistral. Maserati adopted the name because it embodied the essence of the wind - speed. The original name for the vehicle had been Due Posti.

In 1963, Maserati introduced the Mistral at Auto Shows and a year later the production version was ready. Initially, the vehicle was to be outfitted with a 3.5-liter power-plant, however, the production version received a 3.7-liter engine. It was a derivative of the engine used in Maserati's motorsport. The cylinder head had hemispherical combustion champers, Lucas indirect fuel injection, and chain-driven camshafts. Mounted under the gently sloping hood, the 245 horsepower six-cylinder engine powered the rear wheels and could propel the vehicle from zero to sixty in 7 seconds.

The short wheelbase provided room for two passengers. A square section welded together had replaced the classic elliptic tubular frame in an effort to reduce the overall weight. A 4.0-liter engine now lurked under the hood, raising the overall horsepower rating by ten and giving the Mistral a top speed of just under 160 mph.

The Mistral was outfitted with a ZF 5-speed gearbox, disc brakes on all four corners, and the traditional Borrani wire wheels. The later models had light-alloy wheels. The interior was plush, elegant, and inviting with rich leather bucket seats. A hardtop could be purchased as optional equipment for the Spyder version, making it more versatile.

In production for seven years and with nearly 1000 examples created, this is truly a magnificent automobile. Its beautiful curves, wrap-around chrome bumper, and Maserati's marriage of racing and luxury made this a suitable choice for all types of automobile enthusiasts.


By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2006

1966 Vehicle Profiles

1966 Maserati Mistral vehicle information

Convertible
Designer: Frua

In 1963, Maserati began naming their cars after the winds - the 'Mistral' blows across the Mediterranean bringing clear, fresh weather and helping create the climate of Provence.....[continue reading]

1966 Maserati Mistral vehicle information

Coupe
Designer: Frua

Chassis Num: AM109A1/842

After the frustration 1957 season, Maserati concentrated on building high-quality gran turismos based on its magnificent dual overhead camshaft, twin-ignition six-cylinder engine. Proven in grand prix competition in the 250S and equally succes....[continue reading]

Convertible
 
Coupe
Chassis #: AM109A1/842 

Recent Vehicle Additions

Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

$1,240-$12,955
1966 Mistral
$12,955-$31,400
1966 Maserati Mistral Base Price : $12,955

Other 1966 Maserati Models

Mistral

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
94.50 in.
6 cyl., 225.42 CID., 255.00hp
6 cyl., 244.95 CID., 255.00hp
$1,300 - $1,300
94.50 in.
6 cyl., 244.95 CID., 255.00hp
$12,955 - $12,955
94.50 in.
6 cyl., 244.95 CID., 255.00hp
$13,605 - $13,605
94.50 in.
6 cyl., 244.95 CID., 255.00hp
$13,600 - $13,600
94.50 in.
6 cyl., 225.42 CID., 255.00hp
6 cyl., 244.95 CID., 255.00hp
$13,600 - $13,600

Industry Production

#1#2#3Maserati
1971Ford (2,054,351)Chevrolet (1,830,319)Volkswagen (1,128,784)
1970Ford (2,096,184)Chevrolet (1,451,305)Volkswagen (1,193,853)
1969Chevrolet (2,092,947)Ford (1,826,777)Volkswagen (1,241,580)
1968Chevrolet (2,139,290)Ford (1,753,334)Volkswagen (1,191,854)
1967Chevrolet (2,206,639)Ford (1,730,224)Toyota (1,068,321)
1966Ford (2,212,415)Chevrolet (2,206,639)Volkswagen (1,168,146)
1965Chevrolet (2,375,118)Ford (2,170,795)Volkswagen (1,174,687)
1964Chevrolet (2,318,619)Ford (1,594,053)Toyota (1,068,321)
1963Chevrolet (2,237,201)Ford (1,525,404)Fiat (957,941)
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)

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