2008 Bonhams & Butterfield auction - Quail Lodge
Delivered new in the United Kingdom by Maserati Concession, the London dealership, this right-hand drive 3.5 liter Mistral came to the United States around 1980. In a Missouri collection until 2007, it was restored during the period 1986-90, at which time the entire body and chassis were stripped and refinished. All mechanical elements, engine, transmission and suspension, were rebuilt with Maserati parts. The interior and dashboard were also disassembled and restored, and Wilton wool carpets installed. The original Borrani wire wheels were restored by the manufacturer and new tires were fitted.
It has recently returned from a major service and detailing by a Maserati-Ferrari specialist shop, including a complete new braking system. Receipts are available for all this work, as well as the 1986-90 restoration. Photographs of the restoration are also available. The car presently shows but 34,134 miles, with most mechanical systems rebuilt much more recently than that. It runs and drives perfectly. Painted in brilliant yellow with tan leather interior, this 1965 Mistral catches the eye and steals the heart.