Coys Auction - Automoto D‘Epoca
Saturday 23 October 2010
Admission by catalogue only - admits two
The Maserati name is one of the oldest and most respected in motoring history. Established in 1926 by racing driver Alfieri Maserati and his brothers, it began as a racing marquee and developed into a sporting one. The production of road cars started in 1958 with the glamorous 3500GT, a Touring bodied coupé powered by a detuned version of Maserati's famed 350S competition engine of 1956.
The 3500 series proved to be a great success and represented the pinnacle of Grand Touring cars until it was superseded by a new model in 1963. The new car was romantically named the Mistral after the wind which blows over the French Mediterranean coastline, conjuring up images of speed and beautiful scenery. The Mistral enjoyed a relatively long production life, from 1963 until 1970, during which time a total of 948 cars were built, of which a mere 120 were spyders, with only 20