The founding Maserati brothers were all involved with racing and engines
from a young age and the Maserati company itself was founded on the 1st of
December 1914 in Bolgna, Italy.
After many years of running the company, the brothers sold the company in
1937 to Adolfo Orsi and the company was subsequently relocated to Modena,
Italy. Even though the brothers had sold their ownership in the company,
they still continued to work for the company as engineers helping the
company continue its string of racing successes.
The company again underwent an ownership change when, in 1968, Citroen took
over and instituted significant changes. Many new models were introduced
and production was greatly increased.
Just a few years later, in 1975, the company underwent yet another
ownership change when it was bought by Alessandro de Tomaso.In 1993 the company was acquired by Fiat, who then later sold half of the company to Ferrari, in 1997.
The latest change that the company has seen was in 1995, when the company
was merged with Alfa Romeo.
5 remarkable things about Maserati
In 1939 and 1940, the company’s 8CTF won the Indianapolis 500. No other Italian car manufacturer has ever won the race two years in a row.
During World War II, the company completely halted all manufacture of automobiles to aid Italy in the war effort.
Even though the company was 50% owned by Ferrari for a number of years in the late 1990s and early 2000s, it remained a fierce competitor with Ferrari in the international racing scene.
Chrysler partnered with the company, with the direction of Alessandro de Tomaso, to produce the Chrysler TC.
Mario, one of the founding brothers, was the artist that created the
famous trident logo that the company still uses today.
Maserati Famous Models
The company currently produces only three models. The Maserati GranTurismo
was introduced in 2007 and is a grand tourer model powered by a 4.2 liter
V8 engine. The GranCabrio is the convertible version of the GranTurismo S
and was introduced in 2009. Finally, the Maserati Quattroporte is a luxury
sport four door which was introduced in 2004.