- Numbers-matching chassis, engine, and body
- One of just 175 equipped with the 4.7-liter engine
- Confirmed by Maserati Classiche as the 13th example built
- Equipped with air-conditioning, power windows, and original Borrani wire wheels
- Subject of a recent freshening; one of the finest restored examples available
This very early and numbers-matching Mexico is confirmed by Maserati Classiche as the 13th example built, completed on 2 November 1966. It is one of 485 produced, of which only 175 were equipped with the 290 hp 4.7-liter DOHC V-8. Maserati Classiche reports that the first owner sold the car to another gentleman in Milan, and the existing front license plate MI F 59819 corresponds with the second registration of the car. It has been in the current owner’s possession in California for 15 years. As a running and driving example, it was sent to Mike Wilson Restorations in Visalia, California, during which time the car was disassembled and the engine sent out to be rebuilt, including the four original twin-throat 38 DCNL5 Weber carburetors. In addition, the dash and interior wood trim were restored, and the car was stripped down to bare metal, repainted, and reassembled.
In recent years, the owner, being a perfectionist, decided to take the car one step further. As such, the Mexico was sent to David Zumstein of Abingdon West Ltd. in Fallbrook, California, two years ago for a complete mechanical and cosmetic freshening, including retrimming the interior. Earlier this year the car was repainted by Southern California’s Veazie Brothers and their father, Scott, who also replated many trim pieces and replaced the rubber trim. Finished in highly attractive Opalescent Blue metallic over cognac leather, this Mexico is very desirably specified with factory air-conditioning, power windows, and a ZF five-speed manual transmission, along with five original Borrani wire wheels (15×6½ RW3994 Record) with new knock-off centers. A Becker Europa AM/FM stereo is fitted, as well as a pair of rare Talbot side-view mirrors. Included is a new lead hammer for the knock-off wheels. The car was recently driven about 100 miles without issue.
For one looking for the ultimate Italian grand tourer that has never been shown at a concours, this beautiful Mexico 4.7 couldn’t be more fitting.