November 2019 - Sold for: £123,750
Year of manufacture: 1965
Chassis number: AM109466
of cylinders: 6
Engine capacity: 3700
Body colour: Celeste Chiaro
LHD/RHD: Left-hand Drive
Registration number: MSU 894
Engine number: AM109466
Interior colour: White
- The earliest and purest version of the refined, well-engineered, long-lived Coupe
- Matching numbers, manual gearbox and retains the original Lucas Fuel Injection. One of only 383
- Delightfully presented in its original colours of Celeste Chiaro with white leather and polished Borranis
- Subject to a bare metal, nut and bolt restoration in 2013
- Specialist service with a fuel injection rebuild in March 2019
- Full history and provenance from new
- Supplied with original Italian registration, owner’s handbook, workshop manual, various service and parts invoices, restoration photos, recent service invoices, an MOT (February 2020) and its UK V5c
This car was manufactured on 16/09/1965 for European delivery (not USA) and is one of the earliest and purest examples of the model, retaining its original 3.7-litre engine, five-speed ZF manual gearbox, and most importantly, its original Lucas fuel-injection system (most Mistrals having sacrificed originality for Weber carburation). It remains finished in its original factory colours of Celeste Chiaro with white leather.
It was first registered on 23/09/1965 to Signor Giovanni Carlo Bronsini who lived within a short drive of the car’s birthplace and in July 1969 he sold it to Signor Camillo Bondiolo, who subsequently passed it on, in August 1971, to Signor Luigi Tambellini. Some eighteen years later, in January 1989, the Maserati was purchased by Mr Edward Victory of Gibraltar who was eventually persuaded to sell it by the knowledgeable and charismatic English collector Tom Walduck in 2013. Detail of the car’s ownership is well-documented in the Identificazione e Caratteristiche Dell’Autoveicolo issued by the Automobile Club D’Italia and in the history file.
Tom Walduck was a well-known and much-respected English collector of significant cars, all of which were impeccably maintained and used in tours and rallies such as the Tour Auto and Modena Cento Ore. For over three decades his collection was maintained by a full-time highly-qualified mechanic, wholly-dedicated to the maintenance of these rare and valuable motor cars. Once in his ownership, the Mistral underwent a complete nut and bolt restoration and repaint from a bare metal shell (supporting photographs in the history file), which included the rebuild of every mechanical component including the engine, gearbox, differential, brakes, suspension and fuel injection system.
In early 2019 the car was entrusted to the Project Workshop in Bicester for a thorough post-restoration service, an important and necessary step that most owners of newly-restored cars tend to forget. As part of this post-restoration service and check-up, the fuel injection system was serviced and recalibrated by the leading Lucas injection specialists, Props Injection Service of the Netherlands.
At the same time, the brakes, clutch and electrics all received attention, the car was fully serviced with fresh fluids and, after a thorough road test, we understand the car is now running perfectly. During this post-restoration service and review, the decision was also taken to recover the front seats in matching Salisbury Moonglow leather, which included all new foam. The invoice for all this came to £8,987 with an additional £783 of parts provided by Mcgrath Maserati all detailed in the owner’s file along with copies of the original Italian registration, owner’s handbook, workshop manual, various service and parts invoices, restoration photos, recent service invoices, an MOT (February 2020) and its UK V5c.