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This pristine one-off Pietro Frua Maserati Mexico was specially built for Maserati racing privateer Franco Rol. The design evolved from a Maserati Mistral body that Frua hoped would be used by Maserati as a replacement for the Mexico. Some of the most notable changes include dual headlamps under the front bumper, a Walnut wood dashboard, removal of the Mistral coupes’ reversed air vent trim on the front fenders, and slightly longer spacing between the door and rear wheel well. The heart of this “V8 Mistral” is powered by a 4.2-liter Maserati V8 producing 300+hp and 300 ft/lbs of torque to the rear wheels, capable of 160+ MPH. Other notable features include a five-speed manual transmission, hydraulic dual-circuit braking, and even air conditioning.

The Maserati Mexico was originally commissioned by Maserati racing privateer Franco Rol. During his racing career, Rol participated in 5 Formula 1 World Championships and numerous French and Italian Grand Prix. His racing accomplishments include a second in the 1949 Targa Florio and seventh in 1950, a fourth-place finish at Pau, and a ninth place at Monza. Rol’s true racing talent was really only reflected in his qualifying times. Often times Rol well outperformed Maserati competitors such as Louis Chiron, Reg Parnell, Prince Bira and Felice Bonetto.

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    Redline Automotive Restoration
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    Pietro Frua

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