The name of Maserati is one of the oldest and most respected in Italian motoring history. Established in 1926 by racing driver Alfieri Maserati and his brothers, it began as a racing marque and developed into a sporting one. The production of road cars started in 1958 with the glamorous 3500GT, a Touring bodied coupe powered by a detuned version of Maserati''s famed 350S competition engine of 1956.
Representing the height of Grand Touring automobiles, the 3500 series proved to be a great success until it was superseded in 1963 by the Mistral, named after the wind which blows over the French Mediterranean coast. The new Mistral continued to use the race-proven twin-camshaft six cylinder engine, this time in 3.7 litre and later optional 4.0 litre guise, the latter representing the ultimate developm