The Maserati Mistral (Tipo AM109) is a 2-seat gran turismo produced by Italian car manufacturer Maserati between 1963 and 1970. It was bodied by Maggiora of Turin and styled by Frua. A total of 125 Spyders and 828 coupés were produced.
The Mistral was generally advertised as a more "sporting" alternative to the well-liked Sebring, although sharing some of the features (especially the engine components) that were featured in the Maserati 250F.
The race-bred inline-6 engine from Maserati was available for the Mistral. It could be specified in displacements of 3.5, 3.7, and, later, 4.0 liters. The Mistral was equipped with three engines that produced 235 bhp (175 kW) at 5500 rpm, 245 horsepower (183 kW) at 5500 rpm, and 265 bhp (198 kW) at 5200 rpm, respectively. The engines had displacements of 3500, 3700, and 4000 cc.
The 3500-cc engine was only fitted to the early Mistrals. The 4000 cc model is the derivative that is most in demand. At the 1963 Salone Internazionale dell'Automobile di Torino, the first Mistral made its debut. The Maserati Mistral is regarded by many as having one of the most beautiful and recognizable designs of all time.
The Mistral was a veritable wind of innovation for the Maserati vehicle line. It started one of Maserati's most cherished traditions when it was unveiled at the Turin Motor Show in the autumn of 1963: naming Gran Turismo vehicles after rare winds.
The Mistral, designed by Pietro Frua, featured a significantly more contemporary appearance and one of the most striking front ends ever seen on a Maserati.