1969 MASERATI Mexico

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1969 MASERATI Mexico

Background

Introduced at the 1966 Rimini Concorso d'Eleganza, the Mexico, much like the Ghibli Maserati introduced in 1967, marked a notable shift in Maserati's design language and engines.

Named in commemoration of John Surtees' Cooper-Maserati victory in the 1966 Mexican Grand Prix, the new four-seat Maserati featured a powerful V8 engine developed from the type first seen in the venerable 450S racing car.

The Mexico offered exciting performance, great handling and stylish Vignale coupé lines mixed with the luxurious practicality of having room for four adults.

The power from the V8 was fed through a 5-speed ZF manual transmission with overdrive to a live rear axle. The car featured servo-assisted ventilated disc brakes – a first for Maserati.

Production of this handsome four-seat coupe ceased in 1973 with just 305 4.2 litre variants completed.

The Vehicle

This car is offered from outside of the European Union. It has been imported under temporary admission customs bond and is therefore subject to Dutch import tax (9%) on top of the winning bid price. Cars less than 30 years old will pay 10% Dutch import tax plus 21% VAT on the hammer.

The winning bidder will receive a receipt for the final hammer value, as their proof of purchase.

This vehicle has been on static display for a number of years and the documented history available is limited to that displayed in our photography section.

We have not tried to start or drive the car, and cannot vouch for its mechanical viability or functionality. It will require recommissioning prior to road use and is sold ‘as seen’. Registering the car will be for the winning bidder to do.

As CARS Europe BV is the guarantor of all customs duties and taxes for vehicles within Dutch customs bond, the car cannot be released to the buyer or transporter immediately after the sale. For all enquiries relating to Customs, please contact CARS Europe BV (contact details below).

Purchases will only be released once cleared funds are received. All vehicles must be collected after the payment of funds. All storage charges must be paid in full prior to the vehicle’s collection or onward transportation.

Storage charges payment must be arranged with the storage company. Collection is strictly by appointment only.

Please send a booking email to the storage centre to ensure vehicle(s) are ready at time of collection. Photographic ID will be required at time of collection. If a third party is collecting for you, then written authorisation is required in advance from you and photographic ID of the third party is required at the time of collection. Collection either by buyer or third party is only possible for vehicles within customs bond if applicable import taxes paid are paid to import into country of bonded storage location.

As soon as the seller receives your payment, the accounts department will send a release note to the manager of the storage facility where your car(s) is stored.

CARS Europe BV will contact you just after the sale to confirm onward transport requirements. Direct contact at CARS for enquiries is as follows; Joanna Herlihy, +31 (0) 252 682 526, +44 7483 433912, joanna@carseurope.net.

STORAGE CHARGES - €30 + local VAT per motor car per day commencing from the sixth day following the auction end.

CUSTOMS CHARGES - €500 per motor car (plus applicable permanent import taxes from bond).


VIN: AM112510

Odometer: 95,960 km.

Built in 1969, this LHD manual Maserati Mexico 4.2-litre was bought for the vendor’s collection of static display cars in 2011.

Prior to that it had been living in the Netherlands and, before that (we believe), France.

In common with many vehicles from the vendor’s collection, the car comes with no history or service records.

We haven’t tried to drive this car and can therefore only comment on its cosmetic condition.

On the Outside

The condition of the bodywork is generally good and there are no dinks, dents or creases of any significance that we can see.

The silver paintwork, though broadly OK, looks a little flat, dull and in need of a thorough polish.

The panel gaps and shut lines all seem fine.

The chrome work is mostly good, as are the wire wheels, which are also in need of a vigorous polish.

There is some rust in evidence on the bottom edge of the rear valance and cracks in the paint around the rear window on the passenger side.

The rubber is missing from one over-rider on each of the front and rear bumpers.

The rear light cluster on the passenger side is in poor condition.

On the Inside

The interior of the car is in broadly good condition, too, although there are some signs of wear here and there – particularly on the driver’s seat, which has various splits and tears in it.

The blue leather seats are comfortable and supportive both front and back. The rear seats look barely used.

The carpets and mats are OK, as is the headlining.

There are a few cracks and scuffs in the lacquer and wood on the dashboard, door cappings and the cigarette lighter mount between the front seats.

The rubber trim around the windows has deteriorated.

The boot is rather dusty but is otherwise fine.

The gear knob is missing and the steering wheel boss is currently in the glove compartment.

Underneath

Everything in the engine bay seems to be in its right and proper place. There is some rust dust and general grime in evidence.

The undersides of the car are showing some rust and flaking in the sills in one or two apparently localised areas.

History Highlights

This car doesn’t come with any history or service records.

It must be registered in the country of your choice and you will need to contact the appropriate vehicle licensing agency for instructions on how to do this.

Any paperwork shown in the gallery is a facsimile and in no way constitutes any kind of licensing or registration certification.

What We Think

Yes, there is some work to do, but the car’s rarity and underlying quality should make it worthwhile.

Provided, of course, that the engine and mechanicals are as good as the rest of the vehicle, we think this elegant and classy Maserati Mexico is a very handsome and desirable example of the model.

We’re confident to offer this car for auction with an estimate of €30,000 - €50,000.

Bidders MUST ensure they are aware of the registration situation of a car in auction, and whether it will be possible to export/register a vehicle in their country BEFORE they bid.

All vehicles MUST BE COLLECTED WITHIN 7-DAYS of the auction end. Storage fees of £180 + VAT apply (per week) thereafter without exception.

If needed, Footman James classic car insurance and Classic Concierge offer storage can offer you options, plus we have a list of contacts who can help with transport and shipping both domestic and international.  

BORING, but IMPORTANT: Please note that whilst we at The Market always aim to offer the most descriptive and transparent auction listings available, we cannot claim they are perfect analyses of any of the vehicles for sale. We offer far greater opportunity for bidders to view, or arrange inspections for each vehicle thoroughly prior to bidding than traditional auctions, and we always encourage bidders to take advantage of this. We do take a good look at those vehicles which are delivered to our premises for sale, but this only results in our unbiased personal observations, not those of a qualified inspector or other professional, or the result of a long test drive.

Also, localised paint repairs are common with collectable and classic cars and if they have been professionally carried out then they may be impossible to detect, even if we see the car in person. So, unless we state otherwise, please assume that any vehicle could have had remedial bodywork at some point in its life.

Additionally, please note that most of the videos on our site have been recorded using basic cameras which often result in 'average' sound quality; in particular, engines and exhausts notes can sound a little different to how they are in reality.

Please note that this is sold as seen (Caveat Emptor) and that, as is normal for used goods bought at auction, a return policy does not apply. See our FAQs for more info, and feel free to inspect any vehicle as much as you wish.

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Seller

eubond

  • Location: Nieuw Vennep, Netherlands
  • Seller Type: Private
  • Odometer Reading: 95,960 Kms
  • Chassis Number: AM112510
  • Gearbox: manual
  • Steering position: LHD
  • Colour: Silver
  • Interior: Blue Leather
  • Estimated Price: €30,000 - €50,000

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