AM109/A1*1608* - Mistral 4.0 - 1968

£125,000 - £175,000

  • Originally owned by Italian racing legend Umberto Maglioli
  • The most sought-after variant: 4 litres, LHD, and an aluminium body
  • Believed 27,000 actual miles; original engine
  • Largely original and unrestored

265 bhp, 4,014 cc inline six-cylinder engine with Lucas indirect fuel injection, five-speed manual transmission, front suspension with double wishbones, coil springs, and telescopic dampers, rear suspension with a Salisbury rear axle, cantilever leaf springs, and hydraulic telescopic dampers, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,400 mm

The Mistral offered here is the most sought-after version, with its 4.0-litre engine, aluminium body, and factory left-hand drive, and importantly, it still has its original fuel-injection system. It was supplied new in Caracas, Venezuela, to famous Italian racing driver Umberto Maglioli, who is legendary as a grand prix and sports car maestro for Maserati and Ferrari. He was also a three-time winner of the Targa Florio, as well as a winner of the Imola Grand Prix, the 12 Hours of Sebring, and the Carrera Panamericana, throughout his illustrious career. Maglioli’s ownership is documented by paperwork supplied by the Maserati factory, copies of which are on file.

According to the owner, the car subsequently spent many years in the United States before moving to Australia in the mid-1990s. In 2011, it was imported to the United Kingdom, where it currently resides. The owner notes that the car was originally finished in Argento Auteuil (silver) before being repainted in its present metallic blue hue. The interior is trimmed with dark red leather, which was installed in the 1990s, although it still retains its period Becker Mexico radio. Much recent mechanical work has been undertaken, with the gearbox being rebuilt by a renowned expert, the fuel injection reconditioned and properly set up, the brakes reconditioned, a new stainless steel exhaust installed, and Michelin X tyres fitted to its Borrani wire wheels. Whilst the body would benefit from some work and a refinish, as would the brightwork and wheels, the car remains remarkably sound throughout.

This Mistral, an ideal basis for restoration, benefits from documented ownership by a legendary driver, well-preserved originality, and the most desirable powerplant. Offered here is a truly rare opportunity to revive such an important Maserati.