The Tipo 26 had a 1.5 liter, 8-cylinder engine which produced 120 to 128 horsepower with a top speed between 180 and 200 km/h. The well-known trident decorated the bonnet for the first time as a symbol of power and energy, which perfectly suits this Italian brand through and through. The trident is based on the Neptune fountain in Bologna, making it an ever-lasting memory of home. Alfieri Maserati drove the car during the race and won. From this moment on, it snow-balled. Faster than the top speed of the Tipo 26.
Over the following years, Maserati was at the helm of various ground-breaking models. Alfieri took part in countless races and Maserati developed into an exceptionally successful producer of racing cars. The name was established, the reputation was solid, the success continued. But Maserati wanted more. Much more.
At the Geneva Motor Show in March 1947, Maserati presented the A6 1500, named after Alfieri and the number of cylinders in the car. It was the first Maserati intended for daily use and was a resounding success. Maserati knew how to blend sportsmanship and elegance like no other. With the introduction of the 3500 GT people worldwide discovered their love for this beautiful Italian car brand. The demand for Maserati cars rose and the race successes continued to accumulate.
These race successes became more alluring when the first female driver signed with Maserati. Maria Teresa de Filippis started her racing career as a result of a bet with her brothers. They told her that she was not fast enough, but Maria Teresa de Filippis proved them wrong and after her first victories she signed with Maserati as a Formula 1 driver. She has been commemorated to this day as the pioneer of female motor sport.
Ook in de jaren ’80 houdt het succes aan. Maserati brengt de Quattroporte op de markt: de allereerste luxueuze sportsedan. Daarna volgt de eerste Ghibli. Beide modellen zijn ontworpen door Gioretto Giugiaro, een van de bekendste en belangrijkste Italiaanse auto-ontwerpers. Maar tegelijkertijd markeren de jaren ’80 het decennium waarin het ondenkbare werkelijkheid wordt: Maserati bundelt haar krachten met Ferrari.
“Maserati knows how to blend sportsmanship and elegance like no other”
Two arch rivals, who had been facing each other on the public road and on the race track for years, put their pride aside and suddenly joined forces. Of course, this was not without a struggle, but when Maserati was bought by the Fiat Group, the unthinkable happened. The takeover was headed by Luca di Montezemolo, General Manager of Ferrari, which meant that Maserati was placed under the management of Ferrari. This turned out to be a legendary move: the Maserati 3200 GT, which was released by Ferrari, would later become one of the most successful Maserati models of all time.
Maserati has beautiful interiors made from the very best materials. With more than a hundred years of experience, it creates ground-breaking designs with continuous innovation. And do not forget: Gran Turismo in the original sense of the word. The perfect synthesis of style and sportiness, for true enthusiasts who have high demands but do not want to follow the crowd. Maserati is pure Italian passion on wheels.
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