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About Maserati

Maserati is an Italian manufacturer of racing cars and sports cars, established on December 1, 1914 in Bologna. The company's headquarters are now in Modena, and its emblem is a trident. It is a luxury car manufacturer competing directly with Aston Martin and Jaguar, and sometimes with large German mass-producers, including Audi, Mercedes-Benz and BMW. Today, it is owned by the Italian car giant Fiat S.p.A. since 1993. Inside the Fiat Group, Maserati has been initially associated with Ferrari S.p.A., more recently it is part of the sports car Group with Alfa Romeo.

History

The Maserati brothers, Alfieri Maserati, Bindo Maserati, Carlo Maserati, Ettore Maserati, Ernesto Maserati and Mario Maserati, were all involved with automobiles from the beginning of the 20th century. Alfieri, Bindo and Ernesto built 2-litre Grand Prix cars for Diatto. In 1926, Diatto suspended the production of race cars, leading to the creation of the first Maserati and the founding of the Maserati marque. One of the first Maseratis, driven by Alfieri, won the 1926 Targa Florio. Maserati began making race cars with 4, 6, 8 and 16 cylinders (actually two straight eights mounted parallel to one another). Mario, an artist, is believed to have devised the company's trident emblem, based on one of Bologna's civic symbols: the statue of Neptune in one of the city's main squares. Alfieri Maserati died in 1932 but three other brothers, Bindo, Ernesto and Ettore, kept the firm going, building cars that won races.

Orsi ownership

In 1937, the remaining Maserati brothers sold their shares in the company to the Adolfo Orsi family, who in 1940 relocated the company headquarters to their hometown of Modena, where it remains to this day. The brothers continued in engineering roles with the company, however. Racing successes continued, even against the giants of German racing, Auto Union and Mercedes. In 1939, a Maserati 8CTF won the Indianapolis 500, a feat repeated the following year.

The war then intervened, Maserati abandoning cars to produce components for the Italian war effort. During this time, Maserati worked in fierce competition to construct a V16 towncar for Benito Mussolini before Ferry Porsche of Volkswagen built one for Adolf Hitler. They failed in this endeavour and the plans were scrapped. Once peace was restored, Maserati returned to making cars, the Maserati A6 series, doing well in the post-war racing scene.

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V8 16v 4.5L      M-5
294.0 kW / 394.3 hp / 394.3 hp  487.0 N·m / 359.2 lb·ft / 359.2 lb·ft
   

Maserati 450 S (1956)

petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve V engine, 4478 cm3 / 273.3 cu in / 273.3 cu in, 294.0 kW / 394.3 hp / 394.3 hp @ 7200 rpm / 7200 rpm / 7200 rpm, 487.0 N·m / 359.2 lb·ft / 359.2 lb·ft @ 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm, manual 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

  
  
V8 16v 4.5L      M-5
294.0 kW / 394.3 hp / 394.3 hp  487.0 N·m / 359.2 lb·ft / 359.2 lb·ft
   

Maserati 450 S (1957)

petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve V engine, 4476 cm3 / 273.1 cu in / 273.1 cu in, 294.0 kW / 394.3 hp / 394.3 hp @ 7200 rpm / 7200 rpm / 7200 rpm, 487.0 N·m / 359.2 lb·ft / 359.2 lb·ft @ 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm, manual 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

  
  
V8 16v 4.5L      M-5
294.0 kW / 394.3 hp / 394.3 hp  487.0 N·m / 359.2 lb·ft / 359.2 lb·ft
   

Maserati 450S (1958)

petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve V engine, 4478 cm3 / 273.3 cu in / 273.3 cu in, 294.0 kW / 394.3 hp / 394.3 hp @ 7200 rpm / 7200 rpm / 7200 rpm, 487.0 N·m / 359.2 lb·ft / 359.2 lb·ft @ 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm, manual 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

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