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Now is perhaps the most exciting time to get into Maserati (if you’re not a fan already). The brand is most definitely on the move with a coherent range that captures the marque’s heritage of both classic Italian luxury and racing thoroughbreds. Join the Maserati club with a range of finance solutions from Harrington.

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The Maserati Quattroporte, the brand’s quintessential Italian saloon and a hallmark of the brand, is now in its 60th year. The model combines Italian style, the finest luxury and a big, throaty V6 or V8 up front – the latter capable of taking the four-seater to over 200mph. If you need more practicality, you could consider one of Maserati’s two SUVs; the entry level Grecale crossover, or the Levante – the ‘Maserati of SUVs’ as they put it.

If practicality bores you though, head to the other end of the range. In 2020, Maserati unveiled the MC20 supercar. With clear nods in its design to the fabled MC12 supercar, the MC20 boasts a 630hp V8 (downloadable as a ringtone from their website) on a platform that weighs less than 1,500kg. 0-60mph comes in less than 2.9 seconds. If McLaren doesn’t float your boat, then perhaps the MC20 will.

Whichever model you choose, you can make it unique through Maserati’s Fuoriserie – helping you to create a truly bespoke car with a near limitless range of possibilities. Il fine giustifica I mezzi, so they say. “The ends justify the means”. The means in this case, can be provided by Harrington through a range of car financing solutions. Call us today.

Tip: visit the Maserati website where you can hear the engine options start-up and accelerate away. Awesome.
A family affair

A brief history of Maserati

The five Maserati brothers were all involved in cars in the early 1900s. Three of them, Alfieri, Bindo and Ernesto, built 2-litre Grand Prix cars for Diatto, but when Diatto pulled out of racing in 1926, the brothers continued, only this time under their own family name. They were immediately successful, with a win for Alfieri at the 1926 Targa Florio.

Maserati made their race cars with a wide range of engine options, including 4, 6 and 8 cylinders. They even offered a 16-cylinder version, comprised of two straight-eights mounted side by side!

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Founding brother, Alfieri, died in 1932. Brothers Bindo, Ernesto and Ettore continued the company, but in 1937, sold Maserati to the Orsi family. They remained on contract with the new owners, however. From new headquarters in Modena, the Orsi family continued to compete well against Auto Union and Mercedes – the dominant forces of automobile racing at the time. A Maserati 8CTF won the Indianapolis 500 in two consecutive years (1939 and 1940).

As did many of its competitors, Maserati paused car production during WWII, redirecting efforts to supporting their country’s war effort. However, car building restarted shortly after the war finished, and Maserati returned to its winning ways with the A6 Series.

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In the wake of WWII, a number of key personalities joined the Maserati racing car development team. Alberto Massimino who had worked at both Alfa Romeo and Ferrari, and fellow engineers, Giulio Alfieri, Vittorio Bellentani and Gioacchino Colombo. This team oversaw the development of a new line of racing thoroughbreds.

Around this time, the Maserati brothers, whose contract with the Orsi family had now expired, left the company to start a new car building venture (OSCA).

Why did Maserati withdraw from racing? expand

During the 1957 Mille Miglia, Alfonso de Portago’s Ferrari 335 S suffered a blow-out, causing him to lose control and veer into the crowd of fans lining the road at Guidizzolo. He was travelling at 160mph. The resulting crash killed Alfonso, his co-driver Edmund Nelson, and ten spectators, including five children.

The tragedy led directly to Maserati withdrawing from racing altogether. Instead, they turned their attentions to creating Grand Tourers. The first Maserati GT – the 3500 – went on sale later in 1957, and production rose from just a few dozen cars per year to several hundred. Indeed, the success enabled Maserati to not only survive without the revenue from racing car production and competition, but to extend the range.

The Vignale-bodied Sebring, based on the 3500 GT, was launched in 1962, and the following year, the two-seater Mistral Coupe and Spider. In ’63 Maserati introduced its first saloon – the Quattroporte.

In 1967, the beautiful Ghia-designed Ghibli coupe was launched, powered by a 4.7l quad cam V8. This was followed shortly after with the Ghibli Spyder and more powerful, Ghibli SS.

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Maserati was acquired by Citroen in 1968, with the original intent being for Maserati to design and manufacture an engine for Citroen’s flagship models. It was a productive relationship: Citroen gained from Maserati’s racing expertise and engine knowhow, while Maserati not only gained security, but adopted Citroen’s technology, especially in hydraulics.

The Maserati Bora was introduced in 1971 – the company’s first mid-engined production car. More than that, the Bora represented a significant improvement in sophistication for the marque, including all-round independent suspension.

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As with many of its competitors, Maserati was hit hard by the worldwide recession of 1973 and ensuing outfall. The market withdrew almost overnight, with sales in Italy alone shrinking by 60-70%. This was particularly significant for Maserati as more than half of its sales were from its homegrown market.

Things got worse. In 1974, parent company, Citroen collapsed and was integrated into PSA Peugeot Citroen. In 1975, Citroen put Maserati into liquidation, and shortly after, a certain Argentinian millionaire, Alejandro de Tomaso, expressed an interest in taking the brand on himself.

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Maserati was thereafter co-owned by an Italian state-owned holding company and de Tomaso, who took the roles of both president and CEO.

In the 1980s, the Maserati range moved away from mid-engined sports cars to focus on front-engined coupes, such as the Biturbo. The Biturbo would provide the platform for all subsequent Maseratis right into the 1990s. During the early 1980s, the range was extended with the 425 and 420 saloons as well as a cabriolet. In the latter half of the 1980s, models such as the 228 coupe, the Royale – an updated Quattroporte III – and the 430 all followed in quick succession. In 1989, the famously muscular Gandini-designed Shamal was launched.

In terms of ownership, that changed in quick succession as well. Chrysler bought a stake in 1984. In 1989, De Tomaso bought out the remaining shares still owned by the Italian stake. And almost immediately, FIAT got involved, buying a 49% share.

This new iteration of the company spawned the Ghibli II in 1992, and the Barchetta, based on the cancelled Chubasco programme (although only 17 units were built). Between 1992 and 1994, all models apart from the Ghibli were phased out.

In 1993, De Tomaso sold his 51% of Maserati to FIAT, making FIAT the sole owner. FIAT launched the Quattroporte IV.

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In 1997, FIAT sold Maserati to its own stablemate – and longstanding competitor – Ferrari. Ferrari took full control in 1999 and Maserati became Ferrari’s luxury division. This era saw the birth of the 3200 GT, Coupe and Spyder, the latter two then being replaced by the GranTurismo and GranCabrio.

The MC12 supercar and a new Quattroporte followed.

Current owners

Alfa Romeo and FIAT

In 2005, Maserati was split off from Ferrari and joined with Alfa Romeo (still under the FIAT Group family). And there it resides to this day. The brand has seen a surge in growth ever since. Between 2013 and 2014 new sales increased by 136%.

In 2014, FIAT merged with Chrysler to form FCA. FCA then merged with the French PSA Group to form Stellantis, which still owns Citroen. Maserati and Citroen have been reunited.

The trident logo

The Maserati brand and its future

The trident logo was designed by Mario Maserati and is based on the Fountain of Neptune in Bologna’s Piazza Maggiore. Mario adopted the symbol as a representation of strength and vigour.

The future

Maserati still produces the successful Quattroporte and Ghibli models. The Levante and Grecale SUVs were added in 2016 and 2022 respectively. In 2020, the MC20 (Maserati Corse 2020) supercar was introduced.

In March 2022, CEO Davide Grasso announced work on a Maserati EV to go on sale in 2025, and the conversion away from ICE powertrains by 2030. All Maserati EVs will carry the Folgore moniker.

Famous Maserati owners
  • Joe Walsh
  • Bradley Cooper
  • Lionel Messi
  • Gwen Stefani
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Quotes about Maserati

“My Maserati does 185. I lost my license. Now I don’t drive.” Joe Walsh

“My dream car would be a Maserati. That would be amazing.” Jordana Brewster

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