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1965 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

1965 Vehicle Profiles

1965 Maserati Mistral vehicle information

Convertible

Chassis Num: AM109S037
Engine Num: AM109S037

Maserati commissioned Pietro Frua to design a sleek two-seat hatchback coupe as a successor to the legendary 3500GT. This was the first of the 'wind Maseratis' and the last of the straight sixes. The Mistral was first shown to the press at the S....[continue reading]

1965 Maserati Mistral vehicle information

Convertible

Chassis Num: AM109/S 099
Engine Num: AM109 099 S

The Maserati Mistral was unveiled at the Turin Motor Show in November of 1963 and would remain in production until 1970. In total, just 828 examples of the Mistral coupe were built alongside 120 Mistral Spyders. Of the 120 Spyders built, just 14 were....[continue reading]

1965 Maserati Mistral vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 109 374

The Mistral was the last of the classic straight-6 engine Maseratis. The aluminum body was designed by Pietro Frua and built by Vignale, and the first cars were presented at the Turin Motor Salon in November of 1963. The Mistral was available in Coup....[continue reading]

1965 Maserati Mistral vehicle information

Coupe

The Mistral followed the well-loved 3500GT moving the goal posts along the way. Tipo AM109 was a 2-seat coupe or Spyder assembled by Maserati between 1963 and 1970. The body was styled by Pietro Frua and made by Maggiora in Turin, bodies being delive....[continue reading]

1965 Maserati Mistral vehicle information

Convertible

There were a total of 830 coupes and 120 Spiders produced between 1964 and 1970. Every car was hand manufactured and the bodies were either steel or aluminum. This car is an aluminum bodied car with a six-cylinder 245 horsepower 3692 cc engine. It wa....[continue reading]

Convertible
Chassis #: AM109S037 
Convertible
Chassis #: AM109/S 099 
Coupe
Chassis #: 109 374 
Coupe
 
Convertible
 

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Price Comparison

1965 Mistral
$1,300-$24,400
1965 Maserati Mistral Base Price : $1,300

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Maserati
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)
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)

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