Imagine owning a celebrated sports car for just under ten years and then parking it for the next few decades due to an issue with the fuel injection. Seems crazy, right? Well, crazy or not, that’s the story behind this 1966 Maserati Mistral coupe here on eBay that’s been locked away in a heated garage for years. With the owner having now passed, a dealer in Oregon has put the Maserati up for sale and bidding is rapidly closing in on $50K.
The Maserati is practically completely original. The red leather interior is still impressively supple and details like the matching shifter boot and awesome wood-rimmed wheel remain in place. After the running issues associated with the fuel injection system developed, the owner drained the fluids, put the car on jackstands and left it waiting for a repair job that never materialized. While I’ve let projects slip before, I can’t imagine walking past a Mistral coupe every day without wanting to dive in and return it to the road.
The body remains in impressive condition, and the seller emphasizes that all of the photos show the Maserati in its as-found state with no detailing performed. Aside from some discoloration on the hood and a dent here and there, the Mistral appears straight and true. The knock-off wheels are fantastic, and the lack of rust backs up the claims about proper storage. The tool roll and jack are also included, and the chrome is said to be un-pitted. This is the rare case where the body and interior don’t need to be restored (and shouldn’t be).
If the fuel injection issue is just that, getting this Maserati’s desirable 4.0 inline-six to fire again shouldn’t be too complicated – but hey, I’m not a Maserati mechanic. On my HiAce, the injectors and the fuel pump were both suspect, so perhaps a similar issue is what took this Mistral out of commission. Regardless, it sports all the right options and is quite unrepeatable in its current state. With the impressive cosmetics and proper storage as key selling points, I suspect this Mistral is going to drive home a strong sale.