Launched in 1966 at the Paris motor show, the production Mexico was offered with the same engine variants as the Quattroporte, either a 4.2 or a 4.7 litre version. The chassis itself was derived from the Quattroporte II, with a wheelbase shortened by 11 cm.
It shared its general construction with the original Quattroporte, although the first Mexico prototype was actually derived from a damaged 5000 GT and was thus powered by a 4.9 litre engine.
A true four-seater, the Mexico sported very elegant and refined coachwork courtesy of Vignale. Contrary to other Maserati four-seat coupés, it was not named after a race track; the name was chosen because the prototype, was once owned by Mexican president Adolfo López Mateos when it was still a 5000 GT, returned to Mexico after having appeared at the 1965 Turin motor show. It was truly fitting, but also pure coincidence, that John Surtees would close the 1966 Formula 1 season with a convincing win in the Mexican Grand Prix at the wheel of a Cooper-Maserati T81.
In 4.7 guise the top speed was boosted to 255 kph (159 mph) compared to the 4.2’s 240 kph (149 mph). Minor developments were introduced on the model in 1970, including alloy wheels, replacing the wire wheels, however, the latter remained available in bolt-on form instead of knock-on. In total, 480 Mexicos were sold in seven years, with Italian actress Virna Lisi, American actor Ronald Reagan and middle-weight boxing champion Nino Benvenuti among its original owners.
Double Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Telescopic Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar
Live Axle w/Leaf Springs, Telescopic Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar
1839 kg / 4050 lbs
2640 mm / 103.9 in
1390 mm / 54.7 in
1360 mm / 53.5 in
4760 mm / 187.4 in
1720 mm / 67.7 in
1360 mm / 53.5 in
~255.83 kph / 159 mph
95 litres or 25.08 gal.
Auction Sales History
1967 Maserati Mexico AM.112.106 – sold for $126,500 Produced in 1967, this excellent Mexico arrived in the US in 1980 from its native Italy. In 2004, it was acquired by an enthusiast who enjoyed this exceptional Maserati in both Miami and Mexico City. . Presented in the classic combination of Rosso over rich Cinghiale hides, this well-presented example has recently benefitted from a repaint and a cosmetic and mechanical refresh. Auction Source: 2015 Quail Lodge Auction by Bonhams
1968 Maserati Mexico 4.2-Litre AM112504 – sold for €120,750 A matching numbers 4.2-litre model equipped with the desirable five-speed manual gearbox, this particular Mexico was delivered new to Mr Pasquali Renato in Bologna, Italy in February 1969. Mr Pasqualli kept the Maserati for seven years before selling it to Mr Adam Rosenblatt of Mill Valley, California, USA in July 1976. After some 30-plus years in the USA, the car was exported again (in 2008) on this occasion to the Netherlands where its third owner, a Mr Klaus from Rotterdam, kept it for two years.
The current (fourth) owner, from The Hague, Netherlands, bought the car from Mr Klaus in 2010 and had it treated to an extensive ‘bare metal’ restoration in 2012. Works carried out included a re-spray in (non-original) silver-blue; interior re-trim in light beige; new dashboard and restored clocks and switches. Electric power-assisted steering is the only notified modification.
1972 Maserati Mexico Coupé – sold for €44,172 According to a copy of records from Maserati’s Historical Consultancy, this Mexico was originally finished in Metallic Silver with blue Connolly hides and delivered new to Advocato Piero Della Verita in Bologna in March that year. Now, it is being offered from its fifth caretaker, and the odometer currently reads about 95,500 miles. It was selectively restored and has been professionally maintained under the current owner over the past five years. During the past two years, he drove it from Hamburg, Germany to the UK for the Goodwood Revival Meeting, and it was noted to have performed well. It has been maintained by Steinke Sportwagenservice since 2007 and in 2008 received a new paint job and full service, among other work.
It retains the matching-numbers engine and original blue leather interior upholstery. It is fitted with a set of period-correct Michelin XWX radial tyres and wire-spoke wheels and comes complete with an original Maserati brochure and a German title document.