1970 MASERATI MEXICO - £124,950
Maserati Mexico 4.7 litre 1970 (LHD) Stunning Example 1 of just 175 examples produced with a 4.7 litre engine Equipped withrare centre lock Borrani aluminium and chrome wire wheels Fully restored to a high standard Fantastic opportunity Our Mexico is one of just 175 examples produced with the more desirable larger 4.7 litre engine. Finished in Burgundy with a full cream leather interior. This particular car has just finished a major restoration consisting of a full mechanical overhaul, a bare metal repaint, an interior retrim completed to the highest standard. It is equipped with all options including rare centre lock Borrani aluminium wire wheels, air conditioning, power steering and power windows. Introduced at the 1966 Rimini Concorso d'Eleganza, the Mexico, much like the Ghibli Maserati introduced in 1967, marked a notable shift in Maserati's design language and engines. Named in commemoration of John Surtees' victory in the 1966 Mexican Grand Prix, the new four-seat Maserati featured a thunderous V8 engine developed from the type first seen in the venerable 450S racecar. The Mexico offered exciting performance and pleasing Vignale coupe lines mixed with the luxurious practicality of having room for four adults. The Maserati Mexico's design derived from a 2+2 prototype bodywork shown on the Vignale stand at the October 1965 Salone di Torino and built upon a 4.9-litre 5000 GTchassis,rebodied after it had been damaged. As the car after the show was sold to Mexican president Adolfo Lopez Mateos, the model became known as the Mexico.By coincidence, John Surteeswon the Mexican Grand Prixon a Cooper-Maserati T81 the following year.Vignale's prototype was so well received that Maserati immediately made plans to put a version into production. The production Maserati Mexico debuted in August 1966 at the 20 Concorso internazionale di eleganza per auto in Rimini, while its international premire was at the October Paris Motor Show. It was built on the first generationQuattroporte chassis with a wheelbase shortened by 11cm (4.3in). Originally powered by a 4.7-litre 90 V8 fed by four twin-choke 38 DCNL5 Weber carburetors that produced 290bhp, the car managed to turn out a top speed between 240250km/h (149155mph). In 1969, however, contrary to Maserati tradition, the Mexico was also made available with a smaller engine, the 4.2-litre V8 engine. Apart from the smaller engine option the Mexico underwent few changes during its lifetime. Its luxurious interior included a rich leather seating for four adults, electric windows, wooden dashboard, iodine headlights and air conditioning as standard. Automatic transmission, power steering and a radio were available as optional extras. The 4.7-litre version was fitted with 650x15' Borranichrome wire wheels and the 4.2-litre version with steel disc wheels. When leaving the factory all Maserati Mexicos originally fitted Pirelli Cinturato 205VR15 tyres(CN72). The Mexico was the first production Maserati to be fitted with servo assisted ventilated disc brakeson all four wheels. In May 1967, under commission from the German concessionaire Auto Koenig for one client, Herr Rupertzhoven, Maserati built a 'Mexico' similar to Vignale's original prototype design but was the work of Frua. Appearing like a 4-seatMistral and built on the same tubular chassis as the 3500 GT (2600mm wheelbase), this prototype 'Mexico' was fitted with the Mistral's six-cylinder 3.7-litre Lucas fuel-injected engine. It was finished in Oro Longchamps with a black leather interior. Its dashboard came from the Quattroporte. Now available for viewing at theDD Classics Dealership (0208 878 3355) in London, pleasecall for more information. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the above information but errors may occur. Please check with a salesperson.
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