5 things you probably didn’t know about Maserati

Maserati

Like most Italian car makers, Maserati was also a family business born out of pure passion for cars and driving. It all began on December 1st 1914 when six brothers Alfieri, Bindo, Carlo, Eltore, Ernesto and Mario Maserati joined forces to build the company in the town of Bologna.

Since then the company has had a long, interesting and often turbulent history, and today build some of the fastest, most attractive cars on the road. Here are five interesting facts about the Italian speedsters.

 

  • The brothers came together to found the Maserati company on December 1, 1914, in Bologna, Italy, but business was interrupted by WWI; one of the first Maserati race cars driven by Alfieri Maserati is rumoured to have won the Grand Prix class division in the 1926 Targa Florio race over the Sicilian mountains (the same year the marquee was made officially open for business).

  • The Maserati logo is a trident; conceived by a man named Mario (who was an artist and friend of the brothers). Typically, the emblems are now seen in variations of true red, white, and navy blue colours or silver, but fans agree the early branding using the Maserati logo of the trident has made an indelible mark in the history of the car company (representing the company’s history of creating cars for racing, touring, and luxury purposes).

  • During WWII, Maserati stopped making cars and opted to produce components for the Italian war effort instead; only a few fans know that during this time period, Maserati worked to construct a V16 town-car for Italian dictator Benito Mussolini before their competitor Ferry Porsche of Volkswagen built one for Adolf Hitler.

  • Maserati has built three generations of the Ghibli: the first between 1968 and 1973, another between 1992 and 1997, and the third launched in 2013. The Maserati Ghibli III is rumoured to take 4.9 seconds to go from zero to 62 mph with a top speed of 117 mph. Unlike the first two generations, which were two-door coupes, the third generation Ghibli is a four-door sedan. Check out the current generation at HR Owen Maserati where you will find an extensive range of new and used cars.

  • The most expensive Maserati was a vintage 1955 Maserati 300S. In 2013, it was sold for record-breaking sum of £4 million at a British auction. The two-seater race car was at one time described as the best-balanced racing car ever.