Everything About Maserati
Maserati is an automobile manufacturer based in Modena, Italy, known for sports, racing and Grand Touring(GT)cars. It's a subordinate company of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. In 1914, Officine Alfieri Maserati, Maserati's former name, was created in Italy by Ettore, Alfieri and Ernesto Maserati(brothers). The company made their first major product, spark plugs, for aircraft engines during the World War I. In 1920, Mario Maserati(fourth brother) modeled the Maserati emblem from the trident that Neptune held in Piazza Maggiore's statue located in Bologna. Initially, Alfieri Maserati participated in racing cars from other manufacturers before creating the first automobile with his brothers. In 1920s, the most stunning Maserati car was the V4.
In 1937, the company was sold to Adolfo Orsi, an industrialist from Modena, by the remaining Maserati brothers. This was after Alfieri died in 1932. Adolfo's capital infusion made the Maserati create successful racing cars. During the World War II, the company focused on the production of spark plugs but also manufactured electric delivery vehicles and batteries. Later, the company expanded its production to include GT vehicles. A GT is a lavish performance car that is more spacious compared to a sports car and favorable for long trips. The first production of this kind was the A6 500, which was assembled in 1948. However, Maserati never stopped building race cars.
Around 1957, among the best selling models was the coupe 3500 GT. In 1960s, Tipo 60 Birdcage, was the Maserati's leading sports car. The first Quattroporte was introduced in 1963 and later in 1967, Maserati Ghibli was assembled. In 1971, Maserati had already began manufacturing Bora, a high-performance mid-engine car. Not long after, the company was bought by Alejandro de Tomaso, an Argentinian industrialist.
In 1981, a twin-turbocharged engine coupe was introduced named Biturbo, which became Maserati's leading line of cars. Around the same time, Chrysler Corporation bought some shares in Maserati. This resulted in Maserati creating the Chrysler Touring Coupe but was not as successful as they expected and so the partnership was terminated. In 1993, Maserati became an acquisition of Fiat, the leading car manufacturer in Italy. In 1997, management of Maserati was turned over to Ferrari, which was also initially controlled by Fiat. Maserati was off the market for a decade and came back with the convertible Spyder. Later in 2005, Fiat took away Maserati from the Ferrari and put it together with Alfa Romeo, which was also owned by Fiat. Maserati became the lavish brand of Fiat and later, in 2014, was made FCA(Fiat Chrysler Automobiles).
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