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From Dimitri in France

"Dear Enrico,

Let me first thank you for your site so full of invaluable information.

I am the owner of a Maserati Mexico 4.2L. Here are some pictures, the restoration is just beginning.

I would be very grateful if you were able find any information about this particular car (AM112*496*), more particularly concerning the original paint code (as you can see, it will need a new paint) and the production date.

It looks that it was sold in January 1969, but the engine looks like an early 1968 according to the user manual.

I also saw the message of Josef in Czech Republic, and I was wondering if you could send me his mail address so we can share experience about restoration for this model.

Many thanks again.

Kindest regards,

Dimitri (France)."










Hi Dimitri,

Maserati Mexico #AM112*496* - Original Specification.

Constructed: December 1968.

Engine: 4.2-litre.

Colour: Argento Metallizzato - Max Meyer 16.287.

Interior: Pelle Bleu (blue leather) Connolly PAC.1545.

Consignment: Shipped to the Maserati importer in France.

For your information, there were 130 Mexicos produced in 1968!

Unfortunately, Max Meyer no longer exist. You should try quoting the number 16.287 to PPG.




Unwitting UK motorists face £1,000 fines as thousands of photo card driving licences expire.

Thousands of UK motorists are at risk of being fined up to £1,000 because they are unwittingly driving without a valid licence.

They risk prosecution after failing to spot the extremely small print on their photo card licence which says it automatically expires after 10 years and has to be renewed - even though drivers are licensed to drive until the age of 70.

The fiasco has come to light a decade after the first batch of photo licences was issued in July 1998, just as they start to expire.

Motoring organisations blamed the Government for the fiasco and said 'most' drivers believed their licences were for life.

A mock-up driving licence from 1998 when the photo cards were launched shows the imminent expiry date as item '4b'.

They said officials had failed to publicise sufficiently the fact that new-style licences - unlike the old paper ones - expire after a set period and have to be renewed.

To rub salt into wounds, drivers will have to a pay £17.50 to renew their card - a charge which critics have condemned as a 'stealth tax' and which will earn the Treasury an estimated £437million over 25 years.

> Official DVLA figures reveal that while 16,136 expired this summer, so far only 11,566 drivers have renewed, leaving 4,570 outstanding.

With another 300,000 photo card licences due to expire over the coming year, experts fear the number of invalid licences will soar, putting thousands more drivers in breach of the law and at risk of a fine.

At the heart of the confusion is the small print on the tiny credit-card-size photo licence, which is used in conjunction with the paper version.

Just below the driver name on the front of the photo card licence is a series of dates and details - each one numbered.

Number 4b features a date in tiny writing, but no explicit explanation as to what it means.

The date's significance is only explained if the driver turns over the card and reads the key on the back, which states that ‘4b’ means 'licence valid to'.

Even more confusingly, an adjacent table on the rear of the card sets out how long the driver is registered to hold a licence - that is until his or her 70th birthday.

A total of 25 million new-style licences have been issued but - motoring experts say - drivers were never sufficiently warned they would expire after 10 years.

Motorists who fail to renew their licences in time are allowed to continue driving but the DVLA says they could be charged with 'failing to surrender their licence', an offence carrying a £1,000 fine.

AA president, Edmund King said: 'It is not generally known that photo card licences expire: there appears to be a lack of information that people will have to renew these licences.

'People think they have already paid them for once over and that is it.

'It will come as a surprise to motorists and a shock that they have to pay an extra £17.50.'

The AA called on the Government to use the annual £450 million from traffic enforcement fines to offset the renewal charge.

From Mike in the USA

"HI Enrico,

I was wondering if someone could find me a diagram for the firing order for a 1987 Maserati.





This is an interesting question, the answer to which will be of great help to a lot of Biturbo owners. I should know, back in 1991 when I assembled the ignition leads on my 425 (carburettor), the engine made the most interesting sound when I fired her up!! Then, when I finally found out the correct sequence, the Biturbo workshop manual had been of little or no help at the time, for connecting the leads to the distributor and it sounded so much better.

The images below show how the cylinders are numbered. The original factory ignition leads are numbered, so there should be no problem there, and on the later fuel injected engines so was the distributor cap. But, on the early carburettored engines the distributor cap is NOT marked.

These images should make life a lot easier for you.



Rotation of Maserati V6 firing order: 1-6-2-5-3-4

Maserati V6 correct distributor sequence
Please click on this image for a broader picture!
From Erik in Sweden


I read that Patrik in Sweden looks for owner`s manual to the AM116.

Maybe he want this. I don’t know if this has the early layout.

Send some picture from a small garage in Nacka, 12km east of Stockholm, Sweden (Mail nr 2).

Good night from Erik in Sweden."


Maserati 3500 GT

Maserati with Jaguar E-Type.

Lamborghini Diablo

Ferrari F40

Maserati 4.9-litre V8 engine

A pair of Maserati V8 engines

Maserati V8 cylinder heads

Maserati 4.9-litre V8 engine

Maserati Ghibli

Timing the camshafts on a V8 engine

Oilpan problem on a Maserati V8 engine

A pair of V8 engines

Maserati Mistral's V6 engine

Maserati V6 engine from a 3500 GT

Maserati Ghibli Spyder

Maserati Ghibli Spyder

Standing around too long? - Piston from a 4.9-litre V8 engine

Example of a shattered clutch release bearing

The Indy AM116 Driver's Handbook for Patrik!

Supplement for the 4.9-litre engine
From André in France

"Hi Enrico,

I can provide you with a full set of .jpg of my car, I saw that there is not a lot of pics of the Si series.

Mine has been fully restored; body, wheels and seats. It is two-tone grey (no chrome of course, it's an Si! ) with sand-coloured leather and alcantara and chocolate-brown interior elements. It's probably one of the best-looking Si in France.

At last please find attached some pics of my old lady.

Weather is awful in Paris since beginning of the year...







From Retromobile in Paris

Automobiles d'Exception à Retromobile
Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles
Paris, 7 Feb 2009


At the Bonhams sale of "Exceptional Cars" at Retromobile last weekend, a 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante Coupe that had been recently discovered in a garage in England sold for 3,417,500 euros, including buyer's fees.

This car was the star attraction of the Bonhams Retromobile auction in Paris on February 7. However there were also some interesting Maserati and Maserati-engined cars in the sale, including a 5000 GT by Allemano and a rare Citroën SM ‘Opéra’ Saloon.

Bonhams Motoring Department is the largest auction house to hold scheduled auction sales of motor cars, motorcycles and related automobilia. They have a worldwide network of motoring-specific representatives and offices giving a larger presence and greater automotive expertise than any other International auctioneer.

Bonhams Motoring Department are prominent in the sale of collectors' Ferrari, Maserati and Bugatti motor cars.


Lot No: 122
1974 Citroën SM ‘Opéra’ Saloon

Coachwork by Henri Chapron
Chassis no. 00SC095

Encouraged by the success of the DS over the preceding decade, in 1970 Citroën introduced the luxurious SM Coupé: a Gran Turismo automobile in the DS spirit fitted with a powerful Maserati engine, the famous Italian manufacturer having been taken over by Citroën. A bright future seemed assured when the SM was voted ‘Car of the Year’ in the USA in 1972. However, the oil crisis of 1974 seriously affected SM sales and the model was phased out in 1975.

Coachbuilder Henri Chapron had welcomed the new SM Coupé’s arrival in 1970, as he needed a replacement for the ageing DS. The SM’s potential was also appreciated by Georges Pompidou, French President and an avid car enthusiast, who ordered two special SMs for his government, with Chapron sub-contracted for their final construction. Chapron delivered two long-wheelbase convertible limousines in April/May 1972 to Georges Pompidou, who had little time to enjoy their comfort and luxury as he passed away a year later.

Thanks to these government orders, Chapron had acquired all the tooling necessary to construct a longer SM, and his next venture would be a four-door luxury saloon on a 12” (30cm) longer wheelbase. Chapron’s first SM LWB limousine – named ‘Opéra’ - was introduced at the Salon de l’Automobile in Paris in October 1972. The show car was finished in white with black leather interior, and featured a sunroof.

Priced expensively at 165,000 French francs, the Opera did not sell well: only eight examples being built between 1972 and 1974. Four were shipped to Spain and one to Haiti while three remained in France. The extremely limited production of this exceptionally refined model made it one of the most exclusive and desirable of post-war Citroëns.

The rare example offered here has been entirely restored by a Citroën and Chapron specialist. It features a two-tone colour scheme: Tholonné beige for the lower body, Scarabée brown for the upper, while the cockerel – Chapron’s emblem – is found on the doors and ‘Chapron’ chromed script on the front wings. The upholstery is in the original Chapron brown leather, which coverers the seats, door panels and steering wheel, which can be adjusted for height and reach.

The engine is the Maserati-based 2,670cc V6 fitted with the Bosch fuel injection, a system Citroën first used on the DS 21, which uses less fuel than the carburettor-fed version. In this configuration it produced 178bhp DIN, which was good enough for a top speed of 130mph (210km/h). We are advised that the engine and other mechanicals have been fully overhauled and that the tyres are new.

Sold for €194,500 inclusive of Buyer's Premium






Lot No: 130
1970 Maserati Indy 4.7-Litre Coupé

Coachwork by Carrozzeria Vignale
Chassis no. AM116/47*1372*

‘We expected to find strong traces of a competition heritage in the first Maserati to be given a full Motor road test because the name of this Italian company is so closely bound up with the history of motor racing. Some traces of this sort are indeed part of the Indy 4.7 - notably its tremendous performance... To this can be added the note of restrained ferocity emitted by the exhaust pipes of the engine, an outstandingly smooth and quiet unit, yet a race-bred four-cam V8. There is a racing influence, too, in the taut neutrality of the responsive handling, as well as in the beauty of the body, which made the car a crowd-drawer wherever it stopped.’ – Motor.

Maserati followed up its stunning, Ghia-styled Ghibli two-seater with the equally elegant Indy 2+2, though the latter, announced in 1968 and noteworthy as the first unitary construction Maserati, was the work of Carrozzeria Vignale. The Indy first appeared publicly on Vignale’s stand at the 1968 Turin Motor Show and was officially launched by Maserati at the Geneva Salon in 1969. Running gear was conventional, with independent front suspension, live rear axle and four-wheel disc brakes, while the power unit was - initially - the Modena firm’s well-tried, 4.1-litre, four-cam V8, with 4.7- and 4.9-litre versions following. With 260bhp on tap, the top speed of Maserati’s luxury four-seater was in the region of 240km/h, a figure the subsequent larger-engined versions improved upon. In 4.7-litre form the Indy’s claimed maximum increased to 292bhp, which was good enough for a top speed within a whisker of 250km/h, with 0-160km/h achievable in under 18 seconds. The sleek Vignale coachwork was such that the Maserati Indy was able to carry four people in relative comfort without impairing its performance as a sports car.

Autocar magazine’s summary was one of almost unalloyed praise: ‘Classic touring car with vee-8 engine and 160mph potential. Beautifully smooth power unit, silky gearbox and light, power assisted steering. Good brakes, balanced handling, comfortable ride, superb stability. High price but few disappointments.’

Supplied new in Padua, Italy, this left-hand drive Indy has the desirable 4.7-litre engine and five-speed manual transmission. The car was restored approximately 12 years ago, at which time it was re-sprayed in the current silver metallic livery and re-upholstered in black hide (the original exterior finish was light brown metallic, a colour typical of the 1970s). Currently displaying a total of 31,847 kilometres on the odometer, the car is described by its long term private owner as a very good driver and comes with recent service history (there are invoices on file totalling €10,072 from September 2007 onwards), current Netherlands registration papers and APK (roadworthiness certificate).

Equal of the contemporary Ferrari 365GT 2+2 in both looks and performance, the Maserati Indy remains relatively under appreciated. Elegant yet practical, it is a thoroughbred Grand Routier representing outstanding value for money.

Sold for €32,200 inclusive of Buyer's Premium






Lot No: 145
1962 Maserati 5000GT Coupé

Coachwork by Allemano
Chassis no. AM103*044*

In the company's own words, ‘Maserati's production has always been characterised by highly aristocratic and elegant performance cars,’ arguably the finest embodiment of these two most desirable attributes being the legendary 5000GT. An exclusive car even by Maserati's exalted standards - in 1960 it cost as much as a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II - the range-topping, V8-engined 5000GT was custom built to special order only, recalling an era when wealthy connoisseurs would commission a preferred coachbuilder to body a factory-supplied chassis in their chosen style. Commencing at '103.002', chassis were even-numbered up to '103.066', only 34 being completed between 1959 and 1964, making the 5000GT much rarer than its closest rival, the Ferrari 400 Superamerica, 47 of which were built in the same period.

The first 5000GT ('002') was commissioned by the Shah of Persia (now Iran), a noted Maserati enthusiast, while other owners included FIAT boss Gianni Agnelli ('008'), fellow car-maker Fernando Innocenti ('018'), American multimillionaire sportsman Briggs Cunningham ('016') and the Aga Khan ('060'). Bodied by Touring and premiered at the 1959 Turin Motor Show, that first 5000GT coupé became known as the 'Shah of Persia' model, and was followed by three more from the Milanese carrozzeria. The bulk of 5000GT production however, was undertaken by Allemano (20 cars) with lesser contributions from Frua (three) and one each from Pinin Farina/Scaglietti, Monterosa, Vignale, Ghia and Bertone. As is the case with other similarly hand-built, limited edition exotica of the period, no two 5000GTs are exactly alike, with even the 20 Allemano-bodied cars exhibiting detail differences.

Designated Tipo 103, the 5000GT was Maserati's first V8-engined Gran Turismo, its engine being descended from that of the ill-fated 450S sports-racer. Anxious to recoup some of its not-inconsiderable investment, the company deployed the latter's new V8 engine for road use in the 5000GT, whose designer was none other than Giulio Alfieri, creator of the immortal Tipo 60/61 'Birdcage' sports-racer and the man responsible for developing the 250F into a World Championship winner. An all-alloy unit boasting four overhead camshafts, Maserati's state-of-the-art V8 was enlarged from the 4,477cc of the 450S to 4,938cc for the 5000GT by means of increasing the bore size from 93.8mm to 98.5mm. Maximum power in road trim was 325bhp at 5,500rpm, with 326.5lbs/ft of torque available at 3,600 revs. Early examples retained the race engine's gear-driven camshafts and quartet of Weber carburettors, though for road use the racer's magnetos were replaced by coil ignition. After the first two cars had been completed, the engine dimensions were changed from 98.5x81mm to 94x89mm (4,941cc) in 1960. Later developments included Lucas fuel injection, increasing maximum power to 340bhp, and chain-driven camshafts. There were improvements to the car's 3500GT-based chassis too, a ZF five-speed gearbox replacing the earlier four-speeder and four-wheel disc brakes (early cars had rear drums) becoming standard for 1963. When road testing a 5000GT in period, French motoring journalist Bernard Cahier was told by works test driver Guerrino Bertocchi that he should not be surprised at how easily the car reached 250km/h (155mph), as with a higher rear axle ratio he had had one up to 275km/h (170mph)!

A Maserati factory fax dated 6th July 1999 confirms that 5000GT chassis number ‘AM103.044’ was manufactured in 1962 and is one of 20 bodied by Allemano, this particular model also being known as the ‘Indianapolis’. ‘044’s first owner was Rome resident Ing. Umberto Fraschetti who took delivery on 8th June 1962. The car was originally finished in ruby red (rosso rubino) with black Connolly leather upholstery, as now, and has the four-speed ZF gearbox and Lucas fuel injection. In November 1964 ‘044’ was sold to Silvio Bonetti in Milan, and then in July 1971 to Julius Shapiro in the USA. The car then went to Sweden and finally to Germany where it was bought by a well-known Maserati enthusiast who commissioned a full mechanical restoration. All the original external features were retained while numerous improvements were made in the interests of enhanced reliability, including sorting out the under-developed Lucas fuel injection system.

Meticulously restored and maintained, ‘044’ has since covered several thousand trouble-free miles across Germany and Europe and is presented in exceptionally fine condition throughout. The car features Borrani wire wheels, shod with original-type Michelin XWX tyres, and comes complete with tool kit. Comparable with the finest limited production Ferraris of the period, yet scarcer still, this superb example of Maserati's biggest and best is worthy of the closest inspection. Rarely are these cars offered on the open market, Bonhams therefore recommends close inspection of this superbly maintained example.

Estimate: €350,000 - 450,000






Lot No: 173
1971 CITROEN SM Coupé

Chassis no. SB 5334

Combining Citröen’s advanced chassis technology and Maserati's engine know-how, the SM (Série Maserati) featured DS-style hydro-pneumatic self-levelling suspension, power-assisted all-round disc brakes, self-centring steering and steered headlamps. Citröen had bought Maserati in 1968, principally to acquire the latter’s engine technology for its new top-of-the-range Gran Turismo coupé, and the Italian firm responded to the brief with remarkable speed by the simple expedient of chopping two cylinders off its Indy four-cam 90-degree V8 to create the required V6. After some juggling of engine dimensions, a capacity of 2,670cc was settled on for a power output of 170bhp. Citröen was the world leader in passenger car aerodynamics at the time, the SM’s class-leading drag coefficient enabling it to reach 140mph, making it the fastest front-wheel-drive car ever at that time. Fuel injection arrived in 1972, an automatic transmission option became available the following year and the engine was enlarged to 2,974cc before the model was prematurely axed in 1975 following Citröen’s acquisition by Peugeot. Fondly remembered, today these technically advanced and functionally beautiful cars remain highly sought after.

Manufactured on 8th October 1971, this example features the desirable five-speed manual transmission and benefits from recent total restoration by recognised SM marque specialists, SM2A of Mussy sur Seine. SM2A completely overhauled the mechanicals in 2002 at a cost of more than €11,300 (see detailed invoice available), the engine and transmission being rebuilt, the steering checked and a new radiator installed among numerous other works. In 2005 the car went back to SM2A to be repainted in Delage Red, while other works carried out at that time included overhauling and re-gassing the air conditioning system, replacing the alternator and window lift motors, and fitting SM2A’s special electronic ignition kit (see detailed invoice for €9,780). More recently, in December 2008, all four suspension spheres were replaced and the boot carpet renewed, again by SM2A. Offered with French Carte Grise, this car retains its original black leather interior and carpets in good condition, and is offered freshly refurbished by one of France’s most respected SM specialists.

Sold for €17,250 inclusive of Buyer's Premium





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From Paul in the UK

"Hello Enrico,

This is Peter Martin's son Paul. [Peter owned and raced 250F CM2]......

I thought you and your readers would be interested in my find in South America.

Upon visiting the Fangio Museum I discovered several hand-built replicas built by no less than Nestor Salerno, who raced a 200SI in the Buenos Airies Grand Prix. see page 161 on your pages and the scrapbook which show him racing.

He has a shop where they have restored and meticulously hand built Maserati and Ferrari replicas from the ground up.

These cars take about a year to 18 months and are very exceptional.

Enclosed are pictures of a 450S replica he built. Please see, his website appears down, but enquiries can be made through the Fangio Museum.......

Best Paul."

































UK firm pulls off Italian job


Future System's Maserati Museum is due for completion in 2009. The museum nestles in the grounds of the turn of the century Enzo Ferrari house in Modena, a submerged, soft blue form appearing to grow out of the surrounding landscape.

The house being modest in scale has determined the height of the museum. A vast wall of curved, inclined glass draws you into the space, the curved plane bisected by fins inspired by the radiator of a Maserati. North facing roof lights flood the interior volume with diffused white light. Inside the walls and floor of the museum, rectangular in plan, forms a basin, finished in fine white terrazzo.

This strong and embracing space provides the perfect environment in which to display the achievement and finesse of the Maserati collection.

Photo by Soren Aagaard

Photo by Soren Aagaard

Aerial rendering
Photo by Soren Aagaard

Aerial model image
Photo by Soren Aagaard

Larger model image


Sadly, Jan Kaplicky collapsed and died on Wednesday afternoon (14/01/2009).

The world-renowned Czech architect was responsible for the design of the new Maserati museum in Modena.

Among his other well-known works are; the Media Centre at Lord's Cricket Ground in London, the "floating" bridge at Canary Wharf in London, the futuristic aluminium Selfridges store in Birmingham and a host of other futuristic landmarks.

Jan Kaplický 1937-2009



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