The History of Maserati

Today, Maserati is a well-established brand with a reputation for prestige and exotic dream cars. But was it always this way? Yes, it was. From the start, Maserati set itself apart with its excellence. This is the history of Maserati.

The early years

Maserati started with Rodolfo Maserati and his wife Carolina Losi, who had seven children, all of whom shared a passion for speed and engineering. In 1914, several of the brothers, led by Alfieri, opened a car workshop in Bologna, Italy. The war broke out five months later and their efforts had to be put on hold. But upon their return, they began to put themselves on the map.

Their first breakthrough happened in 1926. After assembling sports cars from other manufacturer parts and tiring of their poor quality, Maserati had decided to build cars from scratch. One of the earliest prototypes went on to win the prestigious 1926 Targa Florio, instantly establishing Maserati as a brand to respect.

Worldwide recognition

Through motorsports, Maserati began earning worldwide recognition. In 1929, the Maserati V4 reached 152 mph to set a new Class C world record, which would stand for eight years. In 1939, the Maserati 8CTF was the first European car to win the Indianapolis 500, a feat it would repeat the following year. In 1957, Formula 1 legend Juan Manual Fangio won his final world championship title at the wheel of the Maserati 250F.

While Maserati racked up the trophies, it began selling production cars for the first time. The luxurious Maserati Alfieri was launched in 1947 to worldwide acclaim. The powerful 3500 GT did the same, 10 years later. Then would come the Quattroporte and the Ghibli, two nameplates that live on to this day.

Modern times and future

In more recent times, Maserati has maintained its excellence both on the road and on the track, though it hasn’t been involved in motorsports since dominating GT racing with the MC12 in the mid-2000s. The all-new, electrified MC20 super sports car heralds a return to motorsport for Maserati and a new, innovative future for the brand — a combination of old and new. At Maserati of Washington, we can’t wait to see what that future has in store.