2004 - 2006
The Maserati Mexico offered for sale here is one of only 182 examples produced with the large 4.7 liter engine (total number of units 482). It left the factory in May 1969 in Silver Metallic (Argento Auteuil Mettalizzato) color with black leather, so it is Matching Colors.
It was sold to Mario Valentino of Naples (Italy), who then registered the car on 05/16/1969 with license plate NA-5181256. The vehicle was finally deregistered in 1987. The next documented owner is a company from the district of Hildesheim in northern Germany, to which the Maserati was registered on 14.08.1997.
It was from this company that the current owner acquired it in 2004. The vehicle was accident-free and had merely been somewhat neglected over the years. He decided to do a complete restoration, preserving the patina in the interior. The body was completely stripped of paint, repaired where necessary and completely sealed. The engine was in good condition and was just cleaned, the transmission was overhauled. The carburetors were overhauled and adjusted, the original ignition was replaced with a Lumenition ignition. The undercarriage was disassembled, cleaned, sealed and reassembled, the Borrani spoked wheels were refurbished.
The restoration continued until the end of 2006, and the coupe was registered in the summer of 2008 and has been run occasionally in good weather ever since. The racy V8 has a fascinating sound and knows how to convince with smooth engine running and good response. The Vignale body still charms today and takes you back to the days when cars were works of art by their designers and not just products.
After the 5000 GT and the Quattroporte, the Mexico was Maserati's third road car to use a civilized version of the 450 S sports prototype race car's V8 racing engine. It shared its basic body with the Quattroporte, although the first prototype had actually been derived from a damaged 5000 GT and was powered by a 4.9-liter engine. As a true four-seater, the Mexico had a very elegant and refined body, which it owed to Vignale.
Unlike other four-seater Maserati coupes, it was not named after a race track. The name Mexico was chosen because the 5000 GT that served as the prototype once belonged to Mexican President Adolfo López Mateos and returned to Mexico after being unveiled at the 1965 Turin Motor Show. It was truly fitting, but also purely coincidental, that John Surtees finished the 1966 Formula One season with a convincing victory in the Mexican Grand Prix at the wheel of a Cooper-Maserati T81.
Introduced at the 1966 Paris Motor Show, the Mexican production was offered with the same engine options as the Quattroporte: either a 4.2-liter or a 4.7-liter version. The chassis itself was derived from the Quattroporte with a wheelbase shortened by 11 centimeters.