FEB 06th 2015

Cars that rock Retromobile: Maserati Mexico prototype

The Mexico was Maserati’s late 1960s offering for the discerning motorist seeking a discrete but stylish grand tourer with devastating performance potential.

Elegantly styled by Vignale, fewer than 500 Mexicos found willing buyers between its 1966 launch to production ending in 1972. The car’s V8 power plant came from Maserati’s larger Quattroporte model, with 4.2-litre and 4.7 engines used.

One very special Mexico, hidden away suitably discretely on a German classic car dealer’s stand at the 2015 Retromobile, is the beautiful one-off Mexico prototype, built by Frua in 1968.

On first acquaintance, this Frua Maserati looks close to the stock ‘Factory’ Vignale Mexico, but on closer inspection this car has a number of subtle differences, with its unique coachwork reflecting Frua’s style at the time. Look at the contemporary Frua-bodied Glas V8 coupé, for example, and you will see what we mean.

In Spanish ownership since 1970, and very rarely seen out in public, this Frua Mexico is typical of the gems to be found at Retromobile, even if you have to look hard.

Photography: Tom Shaxson


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