What can we say of one of the most exotic brands of automobiles in the world.
They new lineup is aggressive, sexy looking and the exhaust note, yes, the exhaust note is unbelievable.
Maserati (Italian pronunciation: [mazeˈraːti] is an Italian luxury car manufacturer established on December 1, 1914, in Bologna. The company’s headquarters are now in Modena, and its emblem is a trident. It has been owned by the Italian car giant Fiat S.p.A. since 1993. Inside the Fiat Group, Maserati was initially associated with Ferrari S.p.A., but more recently it has become part of the sports car group including Alfa Romeo.
Maserati has a long history, that is manufacturing high end automobiles or racing. Actually they have just reach their 100 year anniversary, congratulations.
My self I owned a beautiful Merak SS, Silver / Black, 6 Cal 4 cam. and 2 Quatroportes 1987 and 1988, And Also I owned a Biturbo Sand convertible, they where the ugly ducklings, but when they worked they where very fast. The turbos failed often, till I decided to replace all of them, then a miracle occurred, they run and run with no problems.
Maserati started A year-long celebration beginning today will mark Maserati’s Centennial, a century of success lived to the full in the spirit of “The Absolute Opposite of Ordinary
A FAMILY PASSION
The Maserati story is first of all the story of a family: Rodolfo Maserati, a railroad worker during Italy’s period as a monarchy, Carolina Losi and their 7 children. In those days, working near the “iron steam horse” wasn’t for everyone. Rodolfo is, in a certain sense, a man of the future: the Maserati brothers inherited their passion for speed from him. By the turn of the new century the family is complete: the youngest son Ettore is born in 1894, whilst the eldest son Carlo, born in 1881, has already begun his career.
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The Maserati brothers, Alfieri, Bindo, Carlo, Ettore, and Ernesto were all involved with automobiles from the beginning of the 20th century. Alfieri, Bindo and Ernesto built 2-litre Grand Prix cars for Diatto. In 1926, Diatto suspended the production of race cars, leading to the creation of the first Maserati and the founding of the Maserati marque. One of the first Maseratis, driven by Alfieri, won the 1926 Targa Florio. Maserati began making race cars with 4, 6, 8 and 16 cylinders (two straight-eights mounted parallel to one another). Another Maserati brother, Mario, an artist, is believed to have devised the company’s trident emblem, based on the Fontana del Nettuno, Bologna.
Alfieri Maserati died in 1932, but three other brothers, Bindo, Ernesto and Ettore, kept the firm going, building cars that won races.
In 1937, the remaining Maserati brothers sold their shares in the company to the Adolfo Orsi family, who in 1940 relocated the company headquarters to their hometown of Modena where it remains to this day. The brothers continued in engineering roles with the company. Racing successes continued, even against the giants of German racing, Auto Union and Mercedes. In back-to-back wins in 1939 and 1940, a Maserati 8CTF won the Indianapolis 500, the only Italian manufacturer ever to do so.
The war then intervened, Maserati abandoning cars to produce components for the Italian war effort. During this time, Maserati worked in fierce competition to construct a V16 town car for Benito Mussolini before Ferry Porsche of Volkswagen built one for Adolf Hitler. This failed, and the plans were scrapped. Once peace was restored, Maserati returned to making cars; the Maserati A6 series did well in the post-war racing scene.
Key people joined the Maserati team. Alberto Massimino, an old Fiat engineer, with both Alfa Romeo and Ferrari experiences oversaw the design of all racing models for the next ten years. With him joined engineers Giulio Alfieri, Vittorio Bellentani and Gioacchino Colombo. The focus was on the best engines and chassis to succeed in car racing. These new projects saw the last contributions of the Maserati brothers, who after their 10-year contract with Orsi expired went on to form O.S.C.A. This new team at Maserati worked on several projects: the 4CLT, the A6 series, the 8CLT, and, pivotally for the future success of the company, the A6GCS.
The famous Argentinian driver Juan-Manuel Fangio raced for Maserati for a number of years in the 1950s, producing a number of stunning victories including winning the world championship in 1957 in the Maserati 250F alongside Toulo de Graffenried, Louis Chiron, Prince Bira, Enrico Platé, and a few others. Other racing projects in the 1950s were the 200S, 300S (with several famous pilots, among them Benoit Musy), 350S, and 450S, followed in 1961 by the famous Tipo 61.
Maserati had retired from factory racing participation because of the Guidizzolo tragedy during the 1957 Mille Miglia, though they continued to build cars for privateers. After 1957, Maserati became more and more focused on road cars, and chief engineer Giulio Alfieri built the 6-cylinder 3500 2+2 coupé, which featured an aluminum body over Carrozzeria Touring’s superleggera structure, a design also used for the small-volume V8-powered 5000. Next came the Vignale-bodied Sebring, launched in 1962, the Mistral Coupé in 1963 and Spider in 1964, both designed by Pietro Frua, and also in 1963, the company’s first four-door, the Quattroporte, designed by Frua as well. The two-seat Ghibli coupé was launched in 1967, followed by a convertible in 1969.
Also for many of you that did not know, at one point or another Maserati was also own by Citroen, De Tomaso, Fiat, then in July 1997, Fiart sold 50% of ownership to Ferrari. Which was Maserati archenemy for years. In 1999 Ferrari took 100% control of Maserati. IN 2002 Maserati came back to the US, but In 2005 Maserati was split off from Ferrari and merged with Alfa Romeo under Fiat Auto
Congratulation Maserati, from a great fan and I leave you with this. Forza Italia….
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