Maserati are the Italian supercar kings that are this month celebrating 100 years of brand success. This celebratory anniversary has encouraged many to enthuse in the greatness of Maserati marques, new and old alike.
So, how does such a huge globally recognised company begin?
‘Maserati opened for business in Bologna, only moving to Modena after the company was bought out for what would prove to be the first of many times. The business premises that the Maserati brothers (wildly different in age and the sons of a railway worker) acquired are right in the centre of Bologna at 1A Via de Pepoli, just a few hundred metres from the Piazza del Nettuno, where the youngest Maserati – Mario – would sketch Neptune’s Trident when the company needed a badge.’ Tells the Telegraph.
The Maserati brothers did not actually start making cars until the late 1920’s but had focused on servicing, repairs and race-prepping’ Alfa Romeos and Bugattis.
They introduced the Type 26 (made in 1926) to the market; this was a definitive juncture in the brother’s long-lasting career.
By 1929 the brothers were building more cars and by 1939 they were well and truly established. But by then Maserati had been acquired by local industrialist Adolfo Orsi and the business moved to Modena and the Via Emilia Levante, this cleared the way for the new, modern vehicle makers.
‘Under Orsi, Maserati built its most famous, its most beautiful, its cleverest, fastest and most successful cars including the 250F single seater that Fangio took the World Championship and the A6 series including the 1953 GCS which is quite possibly the most beautiful car yet built’ claims the Telegraph.
Now we are seeing cars like the Grancabio take to the roads, influenced directly by these humble beginnings.
So, Happy Birthday Maserati, may you experience another decade of triumph!