To give you a quick understanding of the Maserati brand, here's a brief run down of our history...
The Societa Anomina Officiene Alfieri Maserati was set-up in a garage in Bologna by a group of motoring enthusiasts. In the early days, the group just modified luxury Isotta Fraschinis for road racing.
The first true Maserati emerged. Named the Tipo 26, it won its class in that year’s Targa Florio.
Maserati won the Italian constructor’s title and their driver, Ernesto, won the Italian drivers’ title.
Maserati’s rise to engineering and racing supremacy was completed when they shattered the world speed record over 10km with a speed of 153mph.
Maserati’s ‘little cars’ continued to win all over Europe. There are too many wins to mention!
Maserati’s first Grand Prix victory at Tripoli in Italy.
Maserati’s first Grand Tourer was launched at the Milan Motor Show and in the same year Count Theo Rossi di Castagna used a Maserati engine in his powerboat that went on to break the word speed record.
Maserati was the first car producer to introduce hydraulic brakes on the 1933 8C/8CM.
The Maserati brothers handed over financial control of their company to the Orsi family so they could concentrate on the engineering side. This allowed racing to be employed on a much larger scale.
Maserati was the first (and so far only) Italian constructor to win the Indy 500, which they then went on to win again in the following year. 1939 also saw Maserati move to its now legendary premises on Viale Ciro Menotti, Modena.
The Second World War saw Maserati convert its production expertise from high performance cars, to a variety of products including machine tools, electrical components, spark plugs and even electric vehicles.
Once the war ended Maserati got back to what it did best: creating road and racing cars. The first of which was the A6 1500 Sport, around which Pininfarina designed an elegant coupe body.
Maserati finished its Grand Prix career on a high, starting with claiming 1-2-3 in Argentina and finishing with Fangio winning the World Driver's title.
This year also saw the launch of the 3500GT, which stayed in production until 1964. This car was the first road car to include twin-plug ignition, disc brakes and fuel injection.
Though Maserati had officially retired from racing, that didn't stop them building Formula One engines, or entering the 1962 Le Mans 24 hours with a special edition Berlinetta.
Saw the launch of the Mistral and Quattroporte, the fastest saloon in the world.
Saw the launch of the Maserati Ghibli coupe - the first Maserati entirely designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro.
This was a record year for Maserati, building 733 cars and acquiring a new shareholder in Citroën. In the same year it developed a new V6 engine that would power the revolutionary Citroën SM from 1970.
Maserati launched the Bora, a two seater mid-engined Grand Tourer.
The Marek 2+2 was launched and the Citroën SM won the World Rally Championship, powered by the Maserati V6.
Maserati was sold by Citroën to Alejandro De Thomaso's GEPI.
The new version of the Quattroporte was launched, which went on to become the best-selling Maserati of all time, and was used by successive Italian presidents.
A mass production Maserati was created, the Biturbo. By 1984 Maserati was building 6,000 of these a year.
The Shamal was launched, featuring the first Maserati V8 engine to feature twin turbochargers.
Fiat Auto acquired the whole share capital of Maserati.
Maserati was put under the exclusive control of Ferrari, and in the same year work commenced on the brand new Maserati factory.
The Maserati 3200GT was launched at the Paris Motor Show. This was the first Maserati of the new era, and also the revival of the grand tourer tradition that started 40 years earlier.
Saw the launch of the Spyder that used a shortened floor plan from the 3200GT and a 4200cc engine.
The re-birth of the majestic Quattroporte.
Two more launches happened this year. The MC12, an out and out sports car, and the GranSport, the latest incarnation of the coupe that was originally based on the 3200GT.
The Gran Turismo becomes the latest addition to the Maserati range, with first deliveries expected into the UK at the end of the year.
The Maserati Quattroporte, which established the category of 'Luxury Sports Saloons', is relaunched with a new look and new technical solutions.
September 15 - The GranCabrio, the first four-seater convertible in the history of Maserati made its world debut, with first deliveries expected into the UK in April 2010.
Brought the introduction of the GranCabrio Sport.
Maserati took a more sporting path with the introduction of the GranTurismo MC Stradale.
The GranTurismo's styling is revised, and released as the GranTurismo Sport, with revised electronics and interior seat styling to revitalise the model.
The Sixth Generation Quattroporte and the new Ghibli mark the regeneration of the Maserati brand, as it moves into an era with increased new vehicle volumes and greater market coverage.