Maserati is an Italian luxury sports car company that began in 1914 in Bologna, Italy. Founded by Alfieri Maserati and his brothers, they began making racecars that won grand prix races. One of the Maserati brothers was tasked with designing a unique logo for the company. Using inspiration from the Fountain of Neptune in Bologna, the Maserati logo became the trident.
In 1937, the Maserati brothers sold their shares to the Orsi family who relocated the headquarters to Modena where it remains. Company ownership has changed several times over the years. Maserati is currently owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
Over the next several decades, the focus of the Maserati company was racing and racecar production. During the 1950’s the focus shifted from racing to producing GT’s. The first Maserati sold was the 1957 3500GT.
Classic Maserati car models include the GT, GranTurismo, Quattroporte, Ghibli and the Biturbo. Today, Maserati still produces cars with the same model names except for the Biturbo. The Ghibli and the Quattroporte are luxury sedans, while the GranTurismo is a sport coupe that is also available as a convertible. Maserati also offers a luxury SUV called the Levante.
The Ghibli and Quattroporte are available in four trim and drivetrain options. The GranTurismo and the GT convertible are available in two trim options, while the Levante is AWD and offered in four trim options.
The most expensive Maserati ever sold is the 1955 Maserati 300S which sold at auction for $5.27 million. Other classic Maserati’s have sold in the $2-3 million range.
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