Maserati Mistral Tyres
- The original Mistral Maserati's fitted 16" wheels, then by 1966 Maserati moved the Mistral to 15” Borrani wheels.
- The original equipment tyre for the early Minstral was the 185 VR 16 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67, which is still the tyre that Longstone Tyres recommend for the Mistral today.
- There was a period when these tyres were not available, at which point the Maserati Club did some research into finding the best alternative tyre for these cars. They came back with the 6.00 R 16 Michelin Pilote X as the best alternative to the PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67.
- The 205 WR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN72 was fitted as original equipment to the later Maserati Mistral. This is still the best tyre for the later Mistral.
- However some people like to fit more modern tyre technology in the form of the 215/70 WR 15 Michelin XWX. This is an excellent tyre, though as it is a little smaller in diameter this affects the gearing and look of the car.
- PIRELLI have also now reproduced their 215/70 WR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CN12 which was very much a top tyre of the period coming out in 1971.
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Maserati Mistral History
The classic Maserati Mistral, named after a brisk northerly wind in southern France, was the successor to the renowned 3500 GT. It was also the first in a series of classic Maseratis to be given the name of a wind.
The Mistral is the final model from the 'Casa del Tridente,' or 'House of the Trident,' to feature the famous straight six-cylinder, twin-spark, double overhead cam engine used in the classic racer Maserati 250F Grand Prix cars, which won eight Grand Prix between 1954 and 1960, as well as one F1 World Championship in 1957, driven by the legendary Fangio. The engine also had hemispherical combustion chambers and was supplied by a Lucas fuel injection system, which was a first for Italian vehicle makers at the time. Despite the fact that the Lucas fuel injection system improves performance and adds 15 horsepower, many owners, particularly in the United States, have switched their vehicles to Weber carburettors owing to difficulties in correctly tuning the system. Maserati ultimately went on to larger V8 engines for their later production models.
The Mistral was equipped with three engine variants: 3500, 3700, and 4,000 cc. The 4000 cc model is the most sought after variation. Only the very first Maserati Mistrals were equipped with the 3500 cc engine. Surprisingly, the body was available in both aluminium and steel, but no one knows how many of each were manufactured. The use of aluminium body panels had no influence on the Mistral's performance. Because of the different metals, the combination of an aluminium body atop a steel foundation can cause corrosion (nearly all Italian automobiles have this trait). The vintage Maserati Mistral was equipped with a five-speed manual transmission and four-wheel disc brakes as standard. The front suspension was independent, as was Maserati's custom at the time, but the rear axle was solid. The Mistral could reach speeds of up to 145 mph.
Maserati Mistral Borrani Wheels
Borrani wheels are available for your Maserati Mistral. As agents for the iconic Ruote Borrani Milano company we are able to supply all wheels from their extensive range.
Wire wheels made by Ruote Borrani Milano are, without doubt, the best wire wheels available. Borrani wheels utilise aluminium rims, steel spokes and steel wheel centres.
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Wheels made by Borrani are available in the following styles:
- Painted silver finish, as per the racing wheels of the period
- Polished and chrome finish, highly polished rim, chrome spokes & wheel centre
- Painted finish with polished outer edge