1966 – 1972
Race 9 of 9 in the 1966 World Championship, on 23 October 1966 the Mexican Grand Prix held at the Ciudad Deportiva Magdalena Mixhuca was won by John Surtees driving a Cooper T81-Maserati. Designed by Vignale, the Maserati Mexico prototype was showcase at the 1965 Turin Motor Show, while the Mexico production destined to go on the market was launched one year later at the Paris Motor Show. Coincidentally, this this four-seater coupé has a name with a double significance because the person who acquired the car’s prototype was the President of Mexico, López Mateos, who had the car sent back after the Turin Motor Show. The overall appearance of the Maserati Mexico was elegant and well—balanced: it had a smooth, streamlined body with a sober front, along with a bright interior space. It enjoyed considerable success and celebrities who bought them included world champion heavyweight boxer Nino Benvenuti, actress Virna Lisi and even Ronald Reagan before he aspired to the US presidency.