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Apart from being also the first radical turn of the brand founded in 1914, in Bologna, by the brothers Alfieri, Ettore, Ernesto and Bindo – whose first chapters in the history of cars were racing cars. The first of these was the Type 26, with 11 units manufactured between 1926 and 1932.
Already in 1937, the trident brand went through a trauma that would be repeated three more times in the future: it was passed from the hands of the Maserati brothers to those of Adolfo Orsi.
Street cars appeared only in 1947, with the A6 1500. Ten years later, during the Geneva Motor Show, he presented the 3500 GT, the first of what grand tourers should be: comfortable, spacious and powerful.
Among them, the Quattroporte.
An icon among luxury sedans, it was shown for the first time at the 1963 Turin Motor Show with a design by Pietro Frua, one of the most famous Italian designers of the time, based on the 5000 GT. It was the perfect combination of luxury, power and space for up to five passengers and their luggage.
Early models had a rear suspension system known as De Dion, with linkages at each wheel. Complex, it was recently replaced by a more complex axle. The 4.7-liter V8 engine took care of the extra weight of all the interior luxury, which offered leather upholstery, climate control and electric windows. Today the model is in its sixth generation.
The problem is that Citröen went bankrupt in 1974. Bought by compatriot Peugeot, it sold Maserati to De Tomaso the following year. From this phase, unusual models of the brand were born, such as the Kyalami – a De Tomaso Longchamp redesigned with a Maserati V8 instead of the original Ford V8 – and the third generation of the Quattroporte, a new interpretation of De Tomaso. Deauville.
In 1993, Fiat bought Maserati from Alejandro De Tomaso, and in 1997 sold 50% of the company to Ferrari, itself owned by Fiat. Today, Maserati is one of the brands of Stellantis, a consortium formed by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Peugeot Citroën.