This car is the opportunity of a lifetime–for the right, very brave individual who’s wanted a vintage Maserati exotic car for a long time! It’s listed for sale here on eBay at no reserve, and with bidding at only $25,000 as I write this and the average value on Hagerty’s site being $193,000, there’s a lot of room to get this car right. However, as you might expect, there’s an issue or two! The 1967 Mistral is located in Bremerton, Washington–for the moment.
The Mistral was produced from 1963 to 1970, and this version, the 4.0 liter engined one, is considered the most desirable coupe. From what I was able to find, cars like this could do around 135-140 mph at the top end and had good (for the time) 0-60 times of under seven seconds. That’s pretty quick even now! And what modern cars have the Frua style that this one does!
Whoops! Something missing here! That’s right, the 4.0 liter straight six isn’t in the car. The former owner purchased the car in 1969, and parked it in 1978 in Kitsap County, Washington after pulling the engine for a rebuild (the reason is undisclosed). And it’s sat ever since. What a shame!
Rebuilding a Maserati engine, especially one that has been apart for so long, is quite a daunting task. As I wrote in the title, “how brave are you?” Not only is it almost assured that something will be missing, there’s a reason those exotic car repair shops get so much money for engine work. And I’ll hunt down and personally spray with used hypoid gear oil the first person that suggests an LS transplant!
The interior is actually in quite serviceable condition, with only minor issues. That air conditioning unit looks pretty interesting to me as well! If I could just restrain myself to having only one collector car, maybe I could pull this one off, but there are too many other fascinating cars out there for me to restrain myself to just one. However–if a Mistral (named after a French wind) is your thing, I doubt that you’ll ever find a more solid one for less. Just start inserting tab A into slot B–a lot!