Total restoration and conversion, completed for the summer!
Having been imported from the USA in the 1980s as a restoration project, this Maserati Mistral has had a long wait to get back on the road. And along the way, some things have changed. One of the last 4.0litre Mistrals produced in 1969, this car was originally a left hand drive Coupe. During restoration it was decided to restore the car to the more desirable Spyder specification and as it was staying in the UK, to right hand drive using original components.
Restoration and conversion of the body was entrusted to Vale Cottage Motors in Hornsey, who have enormous experience with the Mistral and have also converted a number over the years. The result, resplendent in the original colour of Newmarket Grey, looks magnificent.
Everything else was done by McGrath Maserati. A complete mechanical overhaul, including the engine and gearbox and the original Lucas fuel injection system, a fastidious rebuild of all of the exterior trim including new bumpers, new glass and lights throughout. A complete new wiring loom and modifications for an extra cooling fan, stainless exhaust system and a Bosch fuel pump conversion and a brand new set of wire wheels to the correct 15” late specification rounded off the mechanicals.
The trim was done by our in-house trim department in Bordeaux hide with a new black mohair hood incorporating at the owner’s behest, a zip out rear window.
After 1000 shakedown miles, the owner reports that everything is loosening up nicely and the engine has some serious torque. Precise handling with all new components and a thorough body restoration to minimize scuttle shake means the car drives very tightly and feels more than capable of some high speed touring miles in the years to come.
It has been off the road for over three quarters of its life but has now been brought back to life by McGrath Maserati. Not that we can rest on our laurels. Another Mistral Spyder restoration is already nearing completion as well!