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The Amelia Island Auction / 1967 Maserati Mexico 4.2 Liter CoupeCoachwork by VignaleChassis no. AM112/112

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1967 Maserati Mexico 4.2 Liter Coupe
Coachwork by Vignale
3 March 2022, 13:00 EST
Fernandina Beach Golf Club

Sold for US$52,080 inc. premium

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1967 Maserati Mexico 4.2 Liter Coupe
Coachwork by Vignale

Chassis no. AM112/112


4,136cc DOHC V8 Engine
Four Weber Carburetors
286bhp at 5200rpm
3-Speed BorgWarner Automatic Gearbox
Front Independent Suspension - Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Disc Brakes


*One of just 480 Mexico Coupes produced
*Two owners since 1990
*Smart and powerful Italian GT
*Elegant Vignale-designed and built Maserati



THE MASERATI MEXICO

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.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Presented in the sporting combination of bright red over red hides, this example of Maserati's sporting Mexico is one of only 22 examples fitted with the BorgWarner automatic. Although the car's early history remains unknown, the car is known to have been in Manhattan Beach, California in 1988 and was acquired by Derek Younkin of Los Altos, California around Thanksgiving 1990. Mr. Younkin would keep the Maserati for about six years before it would make its way to the East Coast and be acquired by the current owner in December of 1997. The car has been in static display since joining the present collection and as such mechanical recommissioning is recommended after a quarter century off the road.

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.

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