- A “barn-find” Maserati in long-term storage since 1987
- One of 485 Mexicos produced; only 175 with the 4.7-liter engine
- Equipped with air conditioning
This is one of just 485 Mexicos produced from 1966 to 1973, including only 175 equipped with Maserati’s 290-hp 4.7-liter DOHC V-8 engine. In 1969, the car was made available with a smaller 4.2-liter V-8 as used in the Quattroporte. The majority were delivered to France, Switzerland, and Italy. Based on the chassis of the 5000GT, the model debuted on the Vignale stand at the 1965 Turin Motor Show. It was well received, prompting Maserati to build the car. The production version was introduced one year later at the Paris Salon.
Two stories exist as to how the car got its name. The prototype show car was sold to Mexican President Adolfo Lopez Mateos and the subsequent production car named after him. Another claims it received the name after a Mexican owner crashed a 5000GT chassis and returned the car to Italy for repair. Regardless, all subsequent cars received the Mexico moniker. The model became the first Maserati to be equipped with servo-assisted disc brakes at all four wheels. When new, the Mexico sported a princely $16,300 price in the U.S.
This rare example has been in storage since 1987 and will require reconditioning prior to being put back into regular service. Before its lengthy slumber, the Mexico was being used as a “daily driver.” Finished in medium blue with a white leather interior, the odometer reads 73,237 kilometers, which is likely original. It is equipped with a ZF five-speed manual transmission, chrome wire wheels, air conditioning, Jensen AM/FM stereo radio with cassette, air horn, power windows, clock, and rear window defogger.
The car was repainted some time prior to being put in storage, and today it displays some pitting and cracking. Chrome is also pitted, the interior worn, and the vehicle is in fair condition overall. The body is described as solid and straight, and it appears that all trim and mechanicals are intact.
Offered from the Guyton Collection in “barn find” condition, this rare 4.7-liter Mexico affords the next caretaker the opportunity to thoroughly freshen and tour as-is or fully restore back to its original splendor.