Mastretta is the shortened name for Mastrettadesign Tecnoidea SA de CV, a Mexican car manufacturer founded in 1987 by Daniel Mastretta. Initially, the company produced a limited amount of kit cars, buses and trucks until 2010 when the in-house MXT was developed.
In 1990, Mastretta produced microbuses’ for the metropolitan area as well as buses for the urban area. In 1998 they produced their first kit car built on a Volkswagen frame — the Unidiserio Mastretta MXA. The engine was a VW boxer flat-four producing 44 hp and had a top speed of 79 mph.
These units were exported to Germany, Japan and the United States. Two of them are claimed to remain in Mexico and are owned by Mastretta. A MXB version was also built with minor modifications and different headlights.
An announcement in 2007 that a proposed production of the companies third vehicle the MXT was posted in Automovil Panamericano magazine. It claimed that 200 MXTs per year would be built under Mastretta Tecnoidea.
The MXT began production on January 1, 2011 and is still in production. It was powered by a 2.0-L inline-four producing 240 hp with the turbocharger and after cooling system, the top speed was 143 mph.
The 2012-2013 models feature a carbon-fiber body, aluminum elements and uses a Ford Duratec 2.0-L in-line four-cylinder engine connected to a five-speed manual gearbox producing 250 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque.
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