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Friday, September 22, 2023

The Legacy Lives On: Maserati Mexico's Enduring Charm

Real ITALIAN Styled Car - When it comes to sports cars exuding pure Italian style, one name that inevitably comes to mind is the Maserati Mexico. This exceptional automobile made its official debut at the 53rd edition of the Mondial de l'Automobile de Paris on October 6, 1966, and quickly earned a reputation as one of the finest Italian GT cars of its era.
The Maserati Mexico 4700 (1969 model). (Picture from: Peric0001 on Flickr)
The Maserati Mexico is a true work of art, characterized by its elegant and clean lines, meticulously crafted by CarrozzerIa Vignale during 1966 to 1973. This 2+2 coupe embodies the quintessential Maserati essence while maintaining a strong sporting character. It marked a significant milestone as the third Maserati model to utilize the propulsion unit, following in the footsteps of the Quattroporte and the 5000 GT. Underneath the hood, this beauty conceals a road-ready version of the racing engine derived from the legendary Maserati 450S.
Interior view of the Maserati Mexico 4700 (1969 model). (Picture from: BisnisIndonesia)
The story behind the name "Mexico" for this remarkable vehicle is shrouded in intrigue. According to reports, a prominent Maserati customer in 1961 had acquired a Maserati Allemano 5000 GT that was previously owned by the Mexican President at the time, Adolfo López Mateos. He brought the car to Modena for repairs following an accident. 
The Maserati Mexico 4700 (1969 model). (Picture from: Peric0001 on Flickr)
During a visit to the Ciro Menotti's Viale factory, this customer was so captivated by a Vignale-designed prototype that he insisted on purchasing it, even to the extent of transferring the bodywork onto his 5000 GT chassis.
While some suggest that it was named in honor of Cooper-Maserati's victory in the 1966 Mexican Grand Prix, where John Surtees emerged victorious in the final round of that year's Formula 1 World Championship. These intriguing twists of fate are believed to have influenced the choice of the name "Mexico" for the future model. Ultimately, the choice is yours, but we find the latter explanation more plausible.
The Maserati Mexico 4200 (1967 model). (Picture from: Thiesen-Automobile)
Since its initial launch, the Maserati Mexico has been available with two distinct engine options. The first is a 4.2-liter V8 engine generating 260 horsepower, propelling the car to a top speed of 240 km/hour. Alternatively, there's a 4.7-liter V8 engine with 290 hp, pushing the Mexico to a top speed of 255 km/h. Furthermore, the 4.7-liter version was fitted with 650 x 15" Boranni chrome wire wheels and the 4.2-liter version with 'disc' wheels.
Interior view of the Maserati Mexico 4200 (1967 model). (Picture from: Thiesen-Automobile)
What truly sets the Maserati Mexico apart is its exceptional style and standard equipment. The interior features luxurious leather seats, electric windows, a finely crafted wooden dashboard, air conditioning, and servo-ventilated front disc brakes. For those seeking added conveniences, automatic transmission, power steering, and a radio were available as optional extras. The interior was often described as an "Italian-style lounge," reflecting Maserati's commitment to Italian heritage and craftsmanship.
The Maserati Mexico 4200 (1967 model). (Picture from: Thiesen-Automobile)
As we approach the 57th anniversary of the Maserati Mexico's debut in 1966, it is worth noting that Maserati has continued to produce iconic cars that leave an indelible mark on automotive history and set new standards in the luxury segment. The Mexico model embodies the values of excellence, design, and power that still resonate in all Maserati vehicles proudly carrying the Trident emblem.
In conclusion, the Maserati Mexico remains a symbol of Italian automotive excellence, blending timeless style with impressive performance. Its rich history and enduring legacy continue to inspire car enthusiasts and aficionados around the world. As Maserati forges ahead into the future, it does so with a commitment to upholding the traditions and values that have defined the brand for decades. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARROZZIERI-ITALIANI | CARSTYLING.RU ]
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