A History of the Best Maseratis Ever Made

November 2nd, 2018 by

In 1914 Maserati started producing some of the most impressive cars on the road, and today it is still considered one of the most renowned auto manufacturers in the world. It all started in a small repair shop in Bologna, Italy with four brothers who wanted to build cars with style, and over the more than 100 years of its history, Maserati has created some incredible vehicles. Here are some of the best.Old school Maserati Model

Maserati Alfieri
The Maserati Alfieri got its name from one of the Maserati founders and made its debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The Alfieri is a 2+2 coupe with many design elements borrowed from the A6GCS. Production for this coupe started in 2016, with a 4.7-liter V-8 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. The bold curves and curvy rear end are what draws attention to this Maserati along with its 454 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque.

The Maserati A6GCS/53 Berlinetta
The A6GCS/53 Berlinetta is the first Maserati to use Pininfarina design elements. It boasts an elegant and luxurious exterior look but underneath it is all race car. The manufacturer only built four of these cars, and while its original design had it as an open-top racing car, the wet weather during the 1953 Mile Miglia made the designers rethink this, so they created it as a hardtop.

The Maserati 3500 GT
The 3500 GT was first introduced in 1957 and stayed in production until 1964. It was the first in the Gran Turismo series and came as a closed top and a convertible. While the convertible was popular, the closed top model was a huge hit. The design featured a low roof line, and some beautiful details that made car lovers drool over it back in the 50s and they still love it today. Under the hood, a 3.5-liter engine powered this GT.

The Maserati 61 Tipo Birdcage
Intended to race, the Tipo 61, or the Birdcage not only had power, but designers also created it for speed and endurance. It featured lightweight materials, a rigid chassis, and an independent front suspension. The name Birdcage came from the tubular chassis which included over 200 pieces and under the hood. It also had a 2.9-liter four-cylinder engine that produced 250 horsepower and could hit speeds of up to 186 miles per hour. The Birdcage won the Nurburgring 1,000 kilometer race two different times.

The Maserati Ghibli
The Ghibli, designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro had a unique look that not only made it stand out from other vehicles, it also stood out from other Maseratis. It featured a curvy tail and long shark-like nose. It sat low and wide, almost like it was crouching down. The original version, produced from 1967 to 1973 had a V-8, and then later in the 1990s, it came back with a V-6 twin turbo.

There many impressive Maseratis that could go on this list. Whether you look back over the years to find your favorite or look at what is currently on showroom floors, there are many great vehicles to choose from.

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