"Mexico.....named to celebrate a
Cooper-Maserati win in the Mexican GP? Not quite!"
|Colour photos courtesy of Dr. George Lipperts|
|Official black and white photographs courtesy of Sig. Ermanno Cozza|
On the Vignale stand at the Salone di Torino in 1965 there appeared an original 2-door 4-seater prototype designed by Giovanni Michelotti mounted on a Maserati tubular chassis with a 4.9-litre V8 engine. This car had been commissioned by an important person. It is thought that as the 5000 GT was now out of production, this important client desiring such a car, commissioned Vignale to build one.
Its appearance at the Salone di Torino, was very well received, so much so that Maserati immediately made plans to put a version into limited production.
The Mexico was powered by a 4.7-litre V8 engine (slightly lower in capacity than that of the prototype) producing 290 bhp at 5000 rpm, this gave the car a top speed of between 240 and 250 kph (150-156 mph).
At the time of its launch the Mexico was priced at IT L.6,900,000 for the 4.2-litre version and IT L.7,500,000 for the 4.7-litre version.
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 and air conditioniong as standard. Automatic transmission, power steering and a radio were available as optional extras. The 4.7-litre version was fitted with 650 x 15" Boranni chrome wire wheels and the 4.2-litre version with 'disc' wheels.
Production of the Mexico between 1966 and 1973 totalled 482 not 250, one with the 4.9-litre engine, 305 4.2-litre versions and 175 4.7-litre versions.
Now we know, all Mexicos were powered by either a 4.2-titre or 4.7-litre V8 engine and the prototype with a 4.9-litre V8, OK! Not quite! In 1965, Maserati built a 'Mexico' that was similar to Vignale's design but was in fact the work of Frua.
|The following photographs are provided courtesy of CABO.|
|TECHNICAL DATA - TIPO 112|
|Body type||2-door 4-seater Coupé|
|Production years||From 1966 to 1973|
|Engine||Front engined V8 @ 90º|
|Bore and stroke||93 mm X 85 mm (88 x 85 mm)|
|Engine capacity||4709 cc (4135.8 cc)|
|Maximum power||290-bhp @ 5000 rpm (260 bhp @ 5000 rpm)|
|Distribution||Two overhead camshafts, two valves per cylinder|
|Induction system||Fou twin-choke 38 DCNL5 Weber carburettors|
|Ignition||Single with Marelli distributor|
|Lubrification||Forced with pressure pump|
|Transmission||Rear wheel drive|
|Differential||Salisbury 'live' axle|
|Clutch||Dry single plate|
|Gearbox||5 speed and reverse (automatic transmission an option)|
|Chassis||Welded tubular trellis|
|Front suspension:-||Independent wheels, coil-springs and telescopic shock-absorbers|
|Rear suspension:-||Rigid axle, semi-elliptical leaf-springs and telescopic shock-absorbers|
|Brakes||Servo assisted ventilated disc brakes on all four wheels|
|Wheel tracks||Front 1390 mm Rear 1360 mm|
|Tyres||Front:- 205 x 15) Rear: 205 x 15|
|Dry weight||1450 kg|
|Overall length||4760 mm|
|Overall width||1730 mm|
|Overall height||1350 mm|
|Maximum speed||255 kph (240 kph)|
|This Mexico brochure courtesy of Sig. Ermanno Cozza.|
|"Prestige, elegance, reliability, space, in a car of high performance."|
|This brochure contains a single b/w photo of the Mexico and full specification in Italian, English, French and German.|
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