AM109.S* 109* was owned by Ivan Ruiz from 1999 through 2002. This car was featured in issue #82 of Viale Ciro Menotti. Photos of the car can be seen on Ivan Ruiz’ website: http://thecarnut.com/mistralspyder.html
Serial number: AM 109.S1.109
This superbly restored Maserati Mistral has the 3.7 liter engine and more elegant early console and gauges, it does have the late style 15 inch wheels
and the late style steering wheel. Earlier Mistral had 16 inch wheels and steering wheels similar to the 3500GTi and Sebring. Lucas fuel injection was
standard on all Mistral, although many have been converted to non-original Weber carbs. This Mistral has aluminum panels on the front half of the car
and steel construction on the rear. The hood and trunk lids are aluminum.
This example was restored in keeping with the originality of the car. The engine number is matching and the color combination matches factory records. It
is very complete with tool kit, original owner’s manual, factory parts manual and dealer sales brochure. Documented professional restoration which far
exceeds the asking price of the car. The car is perfect for the serious collector looking for a superb example that is in better than new condition. Ready to
be enjoyed and shown.
There is another reference to chassis number AM109.S109 from the Dorotheum Auction House in Austria who claims having sold this car in 2018 at a Dorotheum auction in Austria for 663.800 EUR
Judging from the pictures and the history as described by Dorotheum this appears to be an entirely different car…
This Mistral Spyder, chassis AM109/S109*, was ordered from the Rome branch of Sport Auto Roma S.r.l. in November 1965. The selected colour was Rosso Arcoveggio, Italian for dark red, combined with Conolli leather in Biancho. The Spyder was completed five months later and delivered to its first owner, Elisa Menchini. In the same year, the Mistral changed hands to its second owner, and Alberto Sordi was seen in it, driving through the shot in the film “Scusi, lei è favorevole o contrario?”
The Spyder finally made its way to Berlin at the end of the 1970s, where it was purchased by an owner who kept it for almost 30 years. He had the convertible painted an elegant shade of black, paired with light brown leather, as part of an extensive refurbishment. The engine was also replaced in favour of the more powerful and coveted 4-litre unit. It then found a new home in one of Germany’s most significant collections of classic cars. It is pleasing to note how little it has been driven since restoration, as there are barely any traces of use.
The Mistral Spyder is doubtless among the most exciting convertibles ever built. This enchantingly beautiful and excellently documented specimen is a piece of Italian automobile history with everything this entails: racing sport mechanics, dressed up in a bespoke suit and carrying a hefty portion of dolce vita.
VIN: AM109/S109*, mileage: 58,122 km (read), displacement: 4,014 cc/R6, power: 255 hp, colour: black/light brown (leather), gearbox: 5-speed, papers: German registration papers*