History of Maserati

The History of Maserati

The Maserati name is one of the most recognizable in the history of automotive engineering. What started in the early 20th century has gone on to take over racetracks and streets all over the world. With iconic styling, cutting-edge engineering, and sophisticated luxury integrated into every Maserati vehicle ever built, it's no wonder that the vehicles have grown such a following.

At Maserati Dallas, we're proud to be one of the largest Maserati dealerships in Dallas, offering a terrific selection of new, used, and certified pre-owned Maserati models to help every customer leave in the vehicle of their dreams. To help you understand what makes Maserati vehicles so special, we're going to highlight some of the key moments in the brands history, allowing you to see where Maserati came from, and what's brought it to the heights the company sits at today.

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When Did Maserati Start?

Officine Alfieri Maserati SA was founded in Bologna, Italy, in December 1914 by three brothers: Alfieri, Ettore, and Ernesto Maserati. They were the sons of railroad worker Rodolfo Maserati. It was through railroad working that Rodolfo Maserati found a passion for speed and precision engineering, which he handed down to his sons.

At first, the company started by making spark plugs, and made devices for aircraft engines during World War I. Alfieri Maserati drove race cars for other automakers before he and his two brothers decided to produce the first Maserati vehicle, named the Tipo 26. The Maserati emblem, which is modeled after the trident held by Neptune in Roman mythology, was designed by a fourth brother.

What was the First Maserati Vehicle?

The first Maserati vehicle was the Tip 26, named after the year it was created. However, their most famous Maserati vehicle of the 1920's was a 16-cylinder V4 race car that achieved up to 154 mph, an astounding feat for the time. Into the 1930's, the brothers continued to build race cars, which won races in 1933 and 1934 with the eight-cylinder 8CM model.

When Did Maserati Enter the American Race Circuit?

After the Maserati brothers sold the company to a wealthy industrialist, they had more resources to continue innovating their designs. In 1939, an American racer named Wilbur Shaw drove the Maserati 8CTF, or the Boyle Special, to win the Indianapolis 500. After WWII, the company started to engineer sports cars for the masses, offering the first Maserati GT in 1948. Maserati continued winning races on the circuit, though, with a Formula One Grand Prix world championship win in 1957.

What Maserati Vehicles are Offered Now?

The Maserati lineup has changed a lot since its inception, but the passion for precision engineering and speed remains the same. We sell a large selection of new Maserati vehicles in Dallas, TX, including sports cars and luxury SUVs.

If you want to drive a prestigious, elegant, and athletic new sport sedan, look to our great selection of new Maserati Ghibli models. The Ghibli lineup is the most affordable of the Maserati vehicles and lets you enjoy the full potential of Maserati engineering in every model. Step up to the Maserati Quattroporte for more distinctive luxury and greater athleticism. If you want a sporty new luxury SUV that achieves the same performance as a sports car, check out our collection of new Maserati Levante models. Those looking for the most unique style and experience behind the wheel can take advantage of the new Maserati MC20 super sports car.

Explore Our Selection of New Maserati Models in Dallas Today

If you want to learn more about the new Maserati lineup and what each vehicle can offer you, we invite you to visit Maserati Dallas to view each model today.


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