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1967.

19.08.2016, sold via by Bonhams Carmel.CA/USA for $ 104.500.

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.

First used in the fabulous 5000 GT, the racing-derived DOHC V8 engine was further refined for civilian road use by 1963, when it was called upon to motivate Maserati's first Quattroporte. Along with the potent engine, the Mexico utilized a shortened version of the Quattroporte's steel unibody, along with its double wishbone independent front suspension. The power from the V8 was fed through a 5-speed ZF manual transmission with overdrive to a live rear axle and is brought to a halt by servo-assisted ventilated disc brakes – a first for Maserati.

Production of this handsome four-seat coupe ceased in 1973 with just 480 examples completed, about 1/3 of the volume of the contemporary Ghibli. True to Maserati form, the Mexico offers an intriguing blend of race-bred performance and innovation complimented by luxurious practicality.

Presented in the lovely combination of dark red metallic over light tan hides, this beautiful example of Maserati's sporting Mexico has received both cosmetic and mechanical refurbishments over the years. Although the car's early history remains unknown, the car is known to have lived in Florida since the 1990s. The luxuriant leather interior shows well, and the large wooden dash has been well cared for. The car's trim and bright work presents nicely, with only light signs of age in areas. The car was recently serviced, with new tires.

With room for four, these usable V-8 Maseratis are great touring cars from the golden era of Italian automotive manufacturing. Offered with a jack, this wonderful example of Maserati's rare four-seat coupe is fit to be enjoyed enthusiastically by its next owner.