1968 Maserati Mexico 4.7SOLD

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Produced from 1965 to 1968, the Mexico was a large and luxurious coupe that was motivated by Maserati`s venerable and sophisticated quad cam V8. It could be ordered in both 4.2 and 4.7 litre versions, and combined with the elegant styling by Vignale; the car was a high performance Grand Tourer. The trunk and back seats were unusually large for a vehicle of this caliber, making the car particularly well-suited for touring. Just 250 were built, making them very rare today.

This particular car is a 4.7 litre example has had a great deal of work performed recently. It was originally sold in Bologna, Italy and was imported to Southern California some time in the 1990`s. It has had three long term owners and is presently with its fourth, who has performed much mechanical work on the car. The third owner drove the car very little but did some cosmetic refurbishment work, treating it to a respray and interior upholstery. With the current owner, the engine was removed and considerable detailing and maintenance performed. The engine was removed and both the engine and engine compartment were comprehensively refinished with correct crackle finish to the engine, ceramic coated headers, powder-coated exhaust, and a great deal of replating performed on various nuts and bolts in the correct cadmium or zinc finish as appropriate and there are a few receipts from this process. The engine was opened and inspected and found to be minimally worn, and all of the carburetors were rebuilt. The correct unique Maserati cotter pins were found to be still installed at the bottom end, suggesting that it has never been rebuilt. There was no scoring to the liners and the heads were found to be fresh as well, both of which substantiate the low indicated mileage, which the owner believes is correct from new. Thus, the valves were adjusted and all gaskets replaced, and the engine reinstalled, along with all new hoses and correct hose clamps. The water pump was renewed, and the spark plugs and wires replaced. The charging system was renewed as well, including new brushes for the alternator. The clutch was replaced and the flywheel refinished, and the air conditioning compressor is connected, but the system is not charged, and does not blow cold. The tires were recently replaced, as were all fluids, including the correct straight 50 weight oil. As a result, the engine compartment beautifully detailed and spotless. There are a few receipts from this process

Cosmetically, the exterior is presentable, with driver quality paint in classic Italian racing red. There is one significant stress crack next to the windshield which has been cleared over. Originally delivered in Italy, this car probably never had an exterior mirror. An aftermarket side mirror has been mounted on the driver`s side. The chrome is possibly original and well preserved, with light to moderate patina. It has been selectively redone in a few areas, including the headlight bezels. The rubber window seals are average, with exception of the windshield seal which has a poor fit at the bottom edges. The body is reasonable straight, with satisfactory gaps at the bonnet, trunk, and driver`s door, while the passenger`s door gap is uneven. The window glass and lenses are in good, unbroken condition. This example has red painted brake calipers. The car sits on Borrani wire wheels with Pirelli tires.

Much of the interior has been re-trimmed in black leather with matching vinyl door panels. The front and rear seat upholstery, headliner, door panels, dash cover and wood, and door wood is all in good condition in keeping with a very nice driver. The console leather is tired, as are the carpets. Fortunately, the car comes with a supply of leather used to refurbish the seats, which could be used for further restoration to the console.

This car spent much of its life in Southern California. The underside is solid and appears to be fairly rust free, although there is much undercoating below the floors. There is no evidence of tacky rust repair to the underside or rocker panels.

The car starts easily and runs and drives. Second gear syncro is good, and the clutch disengages with the correct travel. The brakes stop the car evenly. The steering feels heavy at lower speeds, similar to the hugely popular Ferrari Daytona. Several of the ancillary gauges do not work, but the electric windows function correctly.

This is a rare opportunity to acquire one of these thoroughbred Italian grand tourers. This example has seen much work and with some more carefully applied attention, would be an outstanding example of one of these rare cars. It is a highly evocative experience, from the wood-rimmed steering wheel and toggle switches to the memorable sound of the Webers, this car oozes sixties Italian character. Along with the car come the largely complete tool roll with tools, jack, manual, parts book, original brochure, and receipts for the most recent work performed.

Reference Number 11299

as of 7/16/2007

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Car 1968 Maserati Mexico 4.7
VIN AM*112*1286 
Mileage 24,823 miles 
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