Car sold by Bonhams in Monaco May 2008 - 238.500 EUR
This rare Mistral 4000 Spyder was manufactured in 1966 and imported into the USA where it was sold to its first owner, Mr F J Capretto of Seattle, in 1967. The car retains matching numbers on the engine block, cylinder head and chassis, and its history is known in full. In the early 1970s the Mistral was sold to the second owner, another Seattle resident, who drove it regularly until an overheating problem led to its being laid up in 1977. Thereafter the Maserati remained stored in a one-car garage in Seattle until exhumed in 2002.
In 2004 the car was purchased by its third owner, Mr Francis G (Frank) Mandarano, a noted Maserati historian, founder of the Maserati Club International and the successful, trend-setting Concorso Italiano, under whose expert direction its restoration was begun. Chassis number ‘641’ was delivered to Vancouver and entrusted to the well known Maserati specialist
Milo’s European Car for the mechanical rebuild which included everything from the radiator back to the fuel tanks. The engine was rebuilt using new liners, Asso pistons, bearings, valves, guides and seats, with all moving parts computer balanced to perfection. All hydraulics were rebuilt, including the clutch and brake master cylinders, brake boosters, calipers and new brake hoses. A new clutch was fitted, all hoses replaced and the fuel tanks and radiator cleaned. In addition, ‘641’ received a new set of reliable Weber 42 DCOE8 carburettors along with the original right-hand script cam cover. (The original Lucas fuel injection system comes with the car). A new stainless-steel exhaust was fitted from the manifolds back, and sounds wonderful. Over $35,000 was spent on the engine rebuild alone, with all expenses recorded.
The five original Borrani RW 3994 15” wire wheels were rebuilt and fitted with new Pirelli Cinturato tyres. Also included for winter driving is an extra set of (4) Starburst alloy wheels shod with excellent Michelins. The interior of ‘641’ received very special care. Firstly, the seats and door panels were re-trimmed in Turin, Italy by none other than Sig. Gavina, the man responsible for all the Quattroporte 3 interiors and the special four-door Ferraris and station wagons built for the Sultan of Brunei, as well as far too many great cars to list here. The exact colour match to the original leather was found in Italy, and four hides were purchased. World famous car trimmers, Luppi of Modena, supplied 16m2 of exactly matching Wilton wool carpeting, and back in Seattle the interior was finished by Steve Shepp, who also made a new convertible hood using the original as a pattern. In all, close to $15,000 was spent on trimming, including materials.
Circa 2005 the car came back to Europe where its restoration was completed by a specialist in the South of France. Presented in concours condition, the car is offered complete with its original hood covering and interior leather trim, together with a file of restoration photographs.