In 1965, Maserati introduced the Tipo AM112 Mexico as a two-door companion to the Quattroporte super-saloon. Based on a shortened Q-porte platform, the Mexico featured sophisticated styling by Vignale, defined by its sharp lines, generous greenhouse, and exquisitely balanced detailing. At the height of Italy’s dominance of the world of style, it was the automotive equivalent to a finely tailored Italian suit. Beyond the handsome looks, the Mexico packed a four-cam V8 derived from the mighty 5000 GT racing car, though detuned down to 4.2-liters (or optional 4.7) for reliable road use. Most customers opted for the robust ZF 5-speed gearbox, though a three-speed automatic was available. The Mexico was also notable for being the first Maserati offered with servo-assisted four-wheel ventilated disc brakes.
Unlike many GT coupes of the era, the Mexico was a proper four-seater, with generous, comfortable rear seats and a capacious boot. Leather and wood featured throughout the cabin, which had a purposeful character and understated elegance that defined 1960s Italian design. The Mexico proved to be a reasonably successful model for Maserati, with 485 cars built in total. The bulk of production coming between 1966-1969, though a handful trickled out of the works through 1972.
According to Maserati Classiche documentation, this Mexico was delivered to the Italian dealer Sport Auto Roma in July of 1968. S/N AM112.382 is one of 305 cars equipped with the 4.2-liter V8 engine, and it was originally finished in its current livery of Argento over black Connolly leather and equipped with A/C, power steering, and a Blaupunkt radio. This handsome example is the subject of a high-quality cosmetic restoration, faithful to its documented original specification. The elegant Vignale body looks crisp and fresh in its silver paintwork, which is in excellent condition with well-defined lines and good panel fit. Brightwork is similarly strong all around, including the delicate wraparound bumpers, egg-crate grille, and polished stainless sills. The knock-off Borrani wire wheels are in superb order, fitted with black wall high-performance BF Goodrich radials.
Black leather provides a stylish contrast to the silver paintwork. Like the body, the interior is fully restored and exceptionally well-detailed. With its generous glasshouse and low beltline, the cabin feels remarkably spacious. Bucket seats in front are roomy and plush, and the wraparound rear buckets provide ample space for two normal-sized passengers. High-quality leather covers the seats, door panels, and dash top, all in excellent order. The wood dash fascia and door caps are refinished with a mirror-like gloss, and much of the interior brightwork appears to be restored. Correct Smiths instruments are in excellent condition, as are the toggle switches, arranged aircraft-style in easy reach of the driver. A period-correct Becker Europa sits in the leather-trimmed console, while the wood-rimmed steering wheel and wood shift knob round out the superb interior presentation.
This car retains its original, numbers-matching Tipo AM107 V8 engine, topped with four downdraft Weber carburetors. The engine bay is authentically presented with proper satin black cam covers and air cleaner. Maserati’s sporting heritage is apparent with the engine’s position well-back in the chassis, making room for accessories, including power steering and air conditioning. The undercarriage is honest and tidy, showing some signs of use on the major components. The throaty V8 breathes through a stainless exhaust system, providing a lush and addictive soundtrack throughout the rev range and encouraging full use of the 5-speed ZF ‘box.
Marque enthusiasts have long-held the Mexico in high regard as one of the best driving Maseratis of the period. They are genuinely superb long-distance touring cars, blending robust mechanicals, fine chassis balance, and opulent interior appointments with a healthy dose of Italian flair. This lovely Mexico is no exception and is a truly outstanding example from Maserati’s finest hour.
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