Rare Rides: This 1972 Maserati Mexico Is Actually From Spain
Open the wood paneled glove box lid to find familiar fine-grain Italian leather driving gloves. Fingers twist a small, delicate key to ignite 4.7 liters of displacement sitting under the long, gleaming hood. Eyes are met with a proud golden trident, embedded in navy inside the three-spoke wheel.
Select “drive” with the polished wooden gearshift; it’s time for a grand tour.
Our last Rare Ride was a little blue Lancia Scorpion. Suffering from an identity crisis and a recently regulated America, the Scorpion was inherently compromised from the showroom floor. The Scorpion’s tale was a bit depressing, so today we take a look at a different sort of Italian coupe. This one’s a Spanish market import, from a time before the sort of regulation that ruined the Scorpion.
It’s the Maserati Mexico.
Of the more traditional grand touring style, the Mexico coupe foregoes mid-engine frippery for a no-nonsense V8 parked at the front (where it should be). Driving the rear wheels through an automatic transmission (even better), the Mexico ensures the driver has a smooth, comfortable ride for taking in all the sights of a grand tour. Seating for four regular-size passengers and space for their luggage is also on offer here. Let’s see a mid-engine Italian do that.
Produced between 1966 and 1972, the Mexico featured a design by Vignale. During seven years of production, just 485 examples rolled off the factory floor. Two engines were available, both featuring eight cylinders and either 4.2 or 4.7 liters of displacement. 175 received the 4.7, while the other 385 Mexicos received the smaller-displacement V8. The Mexico you see here has the larger 4.7.
The grand scale of this coupe comes down to its roots — the Mexico was built on the same platform as Maserati’s largest contemporary offering, the Quattroporte sedan.
Befitting its mission, the Mexico came standard with air conditioning, a leather interior, and wood covering the entire dash. The automatic on this example was an optional extra, as was the power steering (also fitted). Black on black, the best engine, both factory options — this isn’t an Italian for the budget-minded.
This one’s for sale on eBay right now in Santa Barbara, which lies south of the small town of Seattle, Washington. Asking price is just into the six figures, at $107,500. As we’ve seen before, this Maserati Mexico might be a case of, “Don’t like the price? Find another one.”
[Images via eBay]
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