Maserati Cars: The Story
Carlo Maserati designed the first of many engines designed by him and his brothers in 1897.
There were seven Maserati brothers; six of them devoted their time to designing and building cars. One of the brothers Mario used his creative talents more for painting and designed the trident emblem for the company.
Alfieri drove one of the first Maseratis the Tipo 26 to win the Targa Florio in 1926.
During the 1930s, they produced several racecars that set records for speed on various racetracks around the world. A 16-cylinder engine, which was in a 1929 V4 and the 8C 2500 in 1931, was a couple of their racecars. The 1931 8C 2500 was the last car Alfieri designed before he died in 1932.
Orsi bought the shares of the Maserati brothers in 1937. However, Bindo, Ernesto and Ettore Maserati continued to work for the Orsi family and in 1939 and 1940 won at the Indianapolis 500 with the Maserati 8CTF driven by Wilbur Shaw. The average speed was 114.277 miles per hour and led 136 laps of the race on May 30, 1940.
Citroen a French manufacturer of cars took over Maserati in 1968 according to AutoRecyc.
The Maserati Bora a mid engine car was built in 1971 and the first model that was mass-produced. It is a two-seat coupe with a V8 engine, 174 to 177 miles per hour top speed and built from 1971 to 1978. It has a steel chassis; tubular steel is used for the sub frame, which was designed for the engine and transmission at the rear of the car. With all around independent suspension, coil springs and telescopic shock absorbers. The independent suspension was a first for their road cars. A wishbone front suspension replaced the strut front suspension due to the use of wide track front tires and steering which was rack and pinion causing a sever kickback.
Alessandro de Tomaso who had been an Argentinean race driver took over the company in 1975. This new company produced the Maserati Kyalami in 1976 and the Maserati Quattroporte lll in 1979.
Fiat took ownership in 1993 and introduced the 3200 GT in 1998. This Maserati was a two-seat coupe equipped with a 3.2 L twin turbocharged V8. Capable of producing 370 horsepower and going from zero to 60 iiles per hour in five and a quarter seconds.
Fiat sold 50 per cent of the shares in the company to Ferrari in 1997. Ferrari made Maserati their luxury group after they took over full control of the company in 1999.
The Masereati GranSport is capable of producing 396 horse power with a V8 4.2 liter engine, can go from zero to sixty miles per hour in 4.9 seconds. It has a top speed of 175 miles per hour and a manual transmission, which is a six speed sequential.