So, you need to get a holiday gift for your car collector uncle this year. Only problem is, he's already got a massive collection with every classic you can think of. What to do? Well, luckily for you, RM Sotheby's is auctioning off a car that he doesn't have. It's a one-off 1960s Maserati prototype, and we think he'll love it.
Back in 1967, Maserati commissioned three design companies—Frua, Bertone, and Vignale—to each create a body for a two-door four seater based on the Quattroporte sedan chassis, called the Mexico. The car you see here is the . It was the first ever completed Mexico chassis, and carried Maserati's first 4.7-liter V8 production engine.
In the end, Maserati chose Vignale's example as the production Mexico's design, leaving the Frua car as a one-of-one.
Strangely, at some point in its life, it had a later, smaller 4.2-liter Mexico V8 swapped in. It was then shipped out to the United States where it would change hands multiple times, receiving a cosmetic and mechanical restoration before finally coming up to auction.
It will be presented as part of on January 19th. If your uncle needs a one-off in his collection, this might be the perfect stocking stuffer.