Maserati Mexico 1966-1972: history; motors; design; production;

What do a large and sumptuous 8-cylinder Modenese GT like the Maserati Mexico of ’66 and an all-behind V12 supercar like the Lamborghini Countach, designed in Sant’Agata Bolognese and released 5 years later? Absolutely nothing apart from the fact that for both the choice of the name is partially shrouded in mystery.

Even in the case of the 4-seater of the Trident, in fact, there are different versions of how the events really took place. What is certain is that the president of Mexico Adolfo López Mateos, a custom-built 5000 GT 2 + 2 and the bodywork have to do with it Vignale that according to some reconstructions he had made the second for the first. Others say that it was another Mexican customer who bought the GT that belonged to the president and wanted us to fit the bodywork of a Vignale prototype, inspiring the company to create a new model.

Dynasty of flagships

Be that as it may, the fact is that al Paris Salon in 1966 Maserati presented to the public a car in some ways unpublished called, in fact, Mexico: it was a majestic 4.75-meter coupe characterized by a 4-seater “real” passenger compartment, and for this reason it did not replace any previous model.

Maserati Mexico 1966-1972
Maserati Mexico 1966-1972
Maserati Mexico 1966-1972

Its chassis derived from that of the 3500 and 5000 GT 2 + 2, which had precisely the role of sports cars also with makeshift rear seats to replace which in that same ’66 the Ghibli designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro arrived, much more modern in the line even if made on the same basis.

Base which was the same as the flagship Quattroporte, presented in ’63, from which the Mexico derived directly even if it had more slender tail volumes and profile.

Maserati Mexico 1966-1972
Maserati Mexico 1966-1972
Maserati Mexico 1966-1972

As for the engine, Maserati offered 2, both derived from the powerful short-stroke V8 used on the racing 450S: in fact, you could choose between a 290 hp 4.2 that allowed a top speed of around 240 km / h and an even more generous 4.7 da 300 CV and 255 km / h chosen by about a third of the fewer than 500 customers that Mexico has won over its 6 years of production.

Maserati Mexico 1966-1972

The flagship was undoubtedly the equipment: the car offered interiors covered and decorated in leather and wood with electric windows and air conditioning, while the ventilated front disc brakes and the brake booster seemed more like a necessity given the remarkable performance and the chassis that it combined the front with independent wheels to a rear with a rigid bridge.

Power steering and automatic transmission were available on request, as was the radio. Today, the average value of a Mexico fluctuates between 90,000 and 100,000 euros, depending on the engine, but comes close to 130.000 euro for the best preserved or restored specimens.

Maserati Mexico 1966-1972

“Impure” lineage

The true heir of the Mexico did not arrive in ’72, when it went out of production, but only 4 years later with the Kyalami, actually based on De Tomaso’s Longchamp which had in the meantime taken control of Maserati. However, the gap between the two models was partially filled by the Indy, another 4-seater introduced in ’69 with a fastback body very similar to that of the Ghibli.

Foto: Maserati, Bonhams, RM Sotheby’s


Source: Motor1.com Italia – News by it.motor1.com.

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