Maserati Mexico

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Maserati Mexico
Maserati Mexico.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Maserati
Production 1966-1972
Designer Virginio Vairo at Vignale[1]
Body and chassis
Class Grand tourer
Body style 2-door, 4-seat coupé
Layout FR layout
Related Maserati Quattroporte
Powertrain
Engine 4.2-4.7 L V8 petrol
Transmission 5-speed manual
3-speed Borg Warner automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,640 mm (104 in)
Length 4,760 mm (187 in)
Width 1,720 mm (68 in)
Height 1,360 mm (54 in)
Kerb weight 1,830 kg (4,030 lb) (dry)
Chronology
Predecessor Maserati 5000 GT
Successor Maserati Kyalami

The Maserati Mexico (Tipo AM112) is a 4-seater grand tourer produced by Italian manufacturer Maserati between 1966 and 1972.

History[edit]

The Vignale Maserati Mexico body was first used on a 5000 GT chassis which an important Mexican customer had shipped to Italy for repair after crashing it. Thereafter the model became known as the Mexico. By coincidence, the Cooper-Maserati win in the Mexican Grand Prix occurred the following year. It made an appearance at the Vignale stand at the Salone di Torino in 1965 and was so well received that Maserati immediately made plans to put a version into limited production. A year later the production model debuted at the Paris Motor Show.

Originally powered by a 4.7-litre 90º V8 fed by four twin-choke 38 DCNL5 Weber carburetors that produced 290 bhp, the car managed to turn out a top speed between 240–250 km/h (149–155 mph). In 1969, however, contrary to Maserati tradition, the Mexico was also made available with a smaller engine, the 4.2-litre V8 engine that powered the original Quattroporte.

Apart from the smaller engine option the Mexico underwent few changes during its lifetime. Its luxurious interior included a rich leather seating for four adults, electric windows, wooden dashboard, iodine headlights and air conditioning as standard. Automatic transmission, power steering and a radio were available as optional extras. The 4.7-litre version was fitted with 650x15" Borrani chrome wire wheels and the 4.2-litre version with steel disc wheels. When leaving the factory all Maserati Mexicos originally fitted Pirelli Cinturato 205VR15 tyres (CN72). The Mexico was the first production Maserati to be fitted with servo assisted ventilated disc brakes on all four wheels.

In May 1965, under commission from the German concessionaire Auto Koenig for their client, Herr Rupertzhoven, Maserati built a 'Mexico' similar to Vignale's original prototype design but was the work of Frua. Appearing like a 4-seat Mistral and built on the same tubular chassis as the 3500 GT (2600 mm wheelbase), this prototype 'Mexico' was fitted with the Mistral's six-cylinder 3.7-litre Lucas fuel-injected engine. It was finished in Oro Longchamps with a black leather interior. Its dashboard came from the Quattroporte.

485 Mexicos were produced, 175 equipped with the 4.7 engine and 305 with the 4.2.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Maserati Mexico Registry". Maserati Mexico Registry. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 

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