Maserati’s history began near the end of the 19th century in Italy. Rodolfo Maserati had seven sons. Of the seven, five made auto engineering, builders and designers their careers. The boys spend several years working under Isotta Fraschini. Alfieri Maserati worked for customer service at Fraschini, but left in 1914 to open Officine Alfieri Maserati in Bologna. The brothers continued to work on autos including the Isotta Franchini. One of the sons, Alfieri, also raced and designed Diattos. In 1926, the history of Maserati truly began with the Tipo 26. Alfieri drove this car in the Targa Florio and won first place in its class. During the 1930s, several records were broken in races. They were won with Maserati’s 1929 V4, which held a 16-cylinder engine as well as the 8C 2500, manufactured in 1931. The 8C 2500 was the last car Alfieri designed before his death.

As with other luxury car manufacturers, the Depression took its toll on Maserati. The remaining brothers moved their headquarters to Modena and sold shares to the Orsi family. Throughout World War II, Maserati made spark plugs, electric vehicles and machine tools used during the war. When the war ended, Maserati went back to race car building and introduced the A6 1500.

During the 1950s, Maserati hired a Formula One racer named Fangio. He won the Angentine Grand Prix driving the 250F. Shortly thereafter, the Maserati Company left the racing arena, but maintained a presence producing the Birdcage and other prototypes for racing teams. It also supplied Formula 1 engines for various builders, including Cooper.
During the 60s, Maserati produced cars including the 3500 GT and the Quattroporte, which was Maserati’s first four-door sedan.

The 1970s introduced many famous autos made by Maserati, including the Merak, Khamsin and the Bora. When the global gas crisis hit, the Italian government literally saved Maserati from shutting down. In addition, the Benelli Company and Argentinian Formula 1 driver Alejandro De Tomaso helped the company to survive. In 1976, Maserati introduced the Kyalami.

During the next decade, things were rather quite for Maserati, but the company did introduce a lower priced vehicle called the Biturbo.

In 1993, Maserati was bought out by Fiat in a deal that had a short life. In 1997, Fiat sold out Maserati to Ferrari. With this deal, Maserati built a new plant in Modena and manufactured the 3200 GT.
The centerpiece of Maserati models continued on as the Quattroporte helped Maserati maintain its fortunes. It was, in fact, the most popular model in the new century. Maserati also made a comeback to the world of racing at this time with the American Le Mans series and the MC12 in the FIA GT.

By 2005, another transfer of ownership occurred when Ferrari transferred control of Maserati back to Fiat. The two companies then teamed up with Alfa Romeo.
All this led to present times with the history of Maserati moving forward, manufacturing more than 2000 automobiles each year.

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