Originally a right-hand drive car converted to left-hand drive. This car was sold at the RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction in 2016 for 412.500 USD
According to information provided by Maserati Classiche, this particular factory right-hand drive Mistral 3.5 Spyder was originally built on 29 July 1965 and delivered to London, finished in Nero over a white leather interior. While it is not known when the car was exported to the United States, it is believed to have been converted to its current, left-hand drive configuration around that time. In April of 1973, the car was acquired by William P. Beriling of Marblehead, Massachusetts, from Paul C. Setze, also of Marblehead. Beriling would go on to keep the car for over 30 years. By that time, its original fuel-injection setup had been traded for triple Weber carburetors that remain with the car today.
The Mistral Spyder was sold from Breiling through Marc Sonnery and Ed Waterman of Motorcar Gallery in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Doug Magnon in early 2003 and was shipped to Riverside, California. Once the Riverside International Automotive Museum was founded in 2006, the car quickly became a crowd favorite at the museum not only for its rarity, but also for its sheer character and patina. Thought to have never been fully restored, it sports the patina similar to that of an old baseball glove; worn-in with loving care but still able to be used with pride. Adding to the car’s overall desirability, it boasts a matching hardtop, a very rare option thought to be delivered new with the car.
For the new owner, this Mistral presents a wealth of possibilities. An ideal basis for a full restoration to original specifications, the car would, without a doubt, be truly stunning in its original right-hand drive configuration, finished in Black over white with its original matching hardtop. It would also be an ideal driver with charming patina, ideal for the occasional top-down summer jaunt through the countryside. Whichever decision is made, there is no doubt that this Mistral would be a welcome addition to any collection of Maseratis or 1960s Italian sports cars.