1968 Maserati Mexico Coupe

The Maserati Mexico appeared in 1968, replacing both the Sebring and the ultra-rare 5000GT. The body design of the Mexico was actually based on a one-off Vignale bodied 5000GT that was built for Mexico’s president Adolfo López Mateos.  The car was damaged and returned to Italy where it became the prototype for the new 4-seat GT car, earning the name Mexico as a nod to its origins. The production Mexico’s was based on a shortened version of the Quattroporte chassis and it was fitted with the same drivetrain as its bigger four-door sibling. Front suspension is fully independent, with a robust live rear axle on leaf springs out back. All Mexicos were equipped with boosted four-wheel disc brakes. Initially, the Mexico featured a 4.7 liter version of the Quattroporte’s 4.2 liter, four-cam V8, and oddly, the smaller engine was added to the Mexico after the larger one. Both manual and automatic transmissions were offered. Crisp and elegant, like a finely tailored suit, the Vignale body is a wonderful expression of chic 1960’s Italian style.

This 1968 Mexico is one of only 175 equipped with the 4.7L engine, which is paired with the highly desirable 5-speed manual gearbox. It is finished in attractive, lustrous metallic silver over black leather with Borrani alloy wire wheels. This Mexico has a pleasing, lightly broken-in feel that is fresh enough to have been shown recently at both the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance and Hilton Head Concours. Straight panels, good gaps and very nice chrome combine with the high quality paint work to create a genuinely elegant and attractive grand touring car. The cabin is warm and inviting, swathed in black leather and fitted with nearly new black carpets. The wood dash and door caps are very nice andappropriately finished with the correct satin sheen. A proper GT car, the Mexico has room for four thanks to a pair of comfortable rear seats and a large trunk with room for a weekend’s worth of luggage. The driver faces a beautiful wood rim wheel and a set of white on black Smiths instruments and a bank of classic aircraft-type toggle switches. Original equipment included electric windows and air conditioning, both still intact. The interior of the Mexico is minimally adorned, elegant and comfortable. The trunk is correctly finished and features a full size Borrani spare wheel. A modern Blaupunkt stereo has been added for the rare occasions when you’d like to tune out the glorious rumble from the Weber-fed 4.7 liter V8. The engine bay is tidy and clean, with a pleasingly original feel, with nearly all correct finishes and fittings. History is well known going back to when it was sold new in Italy. In the late 1970’s it was imported to the USA where it changed hands a few times between American and Canadian owners, most of which have been well documented. It is fully sorted and ready to be enjoyed on the road or at the occasional show. The Maserati Mexico is an unusual and attractive Italian GT car, with robust mechanicals and a thoroughbred bloodline. This is the kind of car best suited to continental cruises, perhaps accompanied by a Miles Davis soundtrack and a pack of Gauloises on the console.

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