JUN 18th 2014

Maserati Mastermind? 100 facts to celebrate the first 100 years!

Maserati celebrates its centenary this year, so we asked GRR contributor Richard Heseltine to compile a  little list – 100 facts to celebrate the first 100 years.
So here’s what you really should know about Maserati. (And yes, there may be a test at the end…)

100 Years Of Maserati – in 100 Facts

1 Officine Alfieri Maserati is founded on December 1 1914 in Bologna, Italy by brothers Alfieri, Ernesto and Ettore Maserati.

2 The first Maserati Type 26 participates in the 1926 Targa Florio and wins the 1500cc class.

3 The 16-cylinder Maserati V4 makes its competition debut at the 1929 Monza Grand Prix. Alfieri Maserati manages a lap speed of 124.2mph, a record not beaten until 1954.

4 Bindo Maserati joins the company in 1932 following the death of Alfieri.

5 Tazio Nuvolari wins the 1933 Belgian Grand Prix, the Coppa Ciano and Nice Grand Prix in a Maserati 8CM.

6 Whitney Straight wins the 1934 South African Grand Prix in a Maserati 6CM.

7 Tazio Nuvolari records Modena and Naples Grand Prix wins aboard a Maserati 6C 34.

8 Philippe Étancelin claims 1936 Pau Grand Prix win in a supercharged Maserati  V8RI.

9 The Maserati brothers sell the firm to the Orsi family in 1937 which relocates it to Modena.

10 Maseratis wins the Targa Florio each year from 1937-40.

11 Luigi Villoresi wins the 1939 South African Grand Prix in a Maserati 6CM.

12 Wilbur Shaw claims the 1939 and ’40 Indy 500 aboard a Maserati 8CTF.

13 Three-litre Tipo 8CL single-seater is created in 1940 but only two cars are made.

14 Production of Maserati electric trucks begins in 1942 and continues to 1955.

15 Maserati Tipo 6CS sports car is completed in 1945. It remains unique.

16 Tazio Nuvolari wins 1946 Albi Grand Prix in a Maserati 4CL.

17 A6 1500 road car is introduced at 1947 Geneva Motor Show.

18 4CLT single-seater arrives in 1948, with 23 being made to ’50.

19 Juan Manuel Fangio wins 1949 Pau Grand Prix aboard a Maserati 4CLT/48.

20 Giuseppe Farina wins 1949 Lausanne Grand Prix in a Maserati 4CLT/48.

21 Emmanuel de Graffenried wins 1949 British Grand Prix in a Maserati 4CLT/48.

22 Reg Parnell wins 1949 Richmond Trophy at Goodwood in Maserati 4CLT/48.

23 Juan Manuel Fangio wins 1950 Pau Grand Prix aboard Maserati 4CLT/48.

24 The Maserati 2000 Gran Turismo – or Tipo A6G – enters production in 1950.

25 A pair of 430bhp, eight-cylinder Tipo 8CLT single-seaters are built in 1950 for an Indy 500 bid, but neither makes it to the USA.

26 Reg Parnell wins 1950 Richmond Trophy at Goodwood in a Maserati 4CLT/48.

27 Maserati 250F claims debut win in 1954 Argentinean Grand Prix with Juan Manuel Fangio driving.

28 The first Maserati A6GCS/53 Berlinetta is built in 1954 and makes its debut at the Turin Motor Show.

29 Stirling Moss races own 250F during 1954 Formula One World Championship.

30 Stirling Moss wins 1955 Oulton Park Gold Cup aboard 250F.

31 Carlos Menditeguy and Stirling Moss win 1956 Buenos Aires 1000km race in a factory Maserati 300S.

32 Stirling Moss wins 1956 Monaco and Italian Grands Prix in works 250F.

33 Piero Taruffi and Harry Schell win 1956 Nurburgring 1000km race in a Maserati 300S.

34 Juan Manuel Fangio and Jean Behra win the 1957 Sebring 12 Hours in a Maserati 450S.

35 Stirling Moss and Jean Behra win the 1957 Swedish Grand Prix in a Maserati 450S.

36 A special 450S coupe designed by Frank Costin and built by Zagato endures a torrid outing in the 1957 Le Mans 24 Hours.

37 Maserati presents 3500GT coupe makes its public debut at the 1957 Geneva Motor Show.

38 Maserati wins the 1957 F1 World Championship only to pull out at the end of Grand Prix racing as a work team at the end of the year.

39 Masten Gregory wins Tourist Trophy at Nassau, Bahamas in Maserati 470S.

40 250F driver Maria Teresa de Filippis becomes the first woman to qualify for a World Championship Formula One race in the 1958 Belgian Grand Prix.

41 Stirling Moss drives unique Maserati ‘Eldorado Special’ in Monza 500 ‘Race of Two Worlds’ only for the steering to fail in the race.

42 Monstrous V8-engined 5000GT coupe goes on sale in 1959. 32 cars are made to ’64 with a variety of body styles.

43 TecMec Maserati makes race debut in 1959 US Grand Prix. It retires six laps in due to an oil leak.

44 Maserati begins testing mid-engined Tipo 63 sports car. One finishes fourth overall in the ’61 Le Mans 24 Hours.

45 Stirling Moss and Dan Gurney win the 1960 Nurburgring 1000km race aboard Maserati Tipo 61 ‘Birdcage’ sports-racer.

46 Open top 3500GT Spider enters production in 1960.

47 250F makes it last-ever World Championship Formula One round in 1960 US Grand Prix with Los Angeles restaurateur Bob Drake driving.

48 Stirling Moss, Lloyd ‘Lucky’ Casner and Masten Gregory win the 1961 Nurburgring 1000km race aboard a Tipo 61 ‘Birdcage’ sports-racer.

49 Maserati presents the six-cylinder Sebring coupe at the 1962 Geneva Motor Show.

50 Pietro Frua-styled Mistral coupe is presented in prototype form at the 1963 Turin Motor Show.

51 Maserati breaks with tradition and unleashes the Quattroporte saloon in 1963, the firm’s first-ever saloon car.

52 Mistral Spider is launched in 1964.

53 Mid-engined Tipo 61 sports-racer is built for 1965 Le Mans 24 Hours. It remains unique.

54 Arciero-Maserati fails to qualify for 1965 Indy 500 in what proves to be the last ever appearance of a Maserati-engined car at ‘The Brickyard’.

55 The Giorgetto Giugiaro-styled Maserati Ghibli coupe is unveiled at the 1966 Turin Motor Show.

56 Handsome Alfredo Vignale-styled Maserati Mexico is officially introduced at the 1966 Paris Motor Show.

57 Pedro Rodriguez claims the 1967 South African GP aboard a Cooper-Maserati. It is the last-ever World Championship Formula One victory for Maserati power.

58 Maserati Simun coupe is built in late 1967 by Ghia but it isn’t adopted for production.

59 Citroën acquires Maserati in 1968.

60 Indy coupe is unveiled at 1968 Geneva Motor Show.

61 Open top Ghibli Spider is announced at 1969 Geneva Motor Show.

62 Maserati-engined Citroën SM coupe is introduced in 1970.

63 Bora supercar is unveiled at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show.

64 Indy-based Quatroporte is announced in 1971 but only two cars are made.

65 Mid-engined, V6-powered Merak is introduced at 1972 Geneva Motor Show.

66 Wild Giorgetto Giugiaro-penned Boomerang breaks cover at the 1972 Turin Motor Show.

67 The Marcello Gandini-styled Khamsin coupe is first seen at the 1973 Paris Motor Show.

68 A pair of Group 4 Boras are built in 1973 for an attack on the Le Mans 24 Hours but neither takes part in the race.

69 Lighter and more powerful Merak SS is announced in 1975.

70 Maserati is liquidated in May 1975.

71 Maserati is acquired by Alejandro de Tomaso with government assistance in 1975.

72 Maserati introduces Kyalami coupe in 1976. It is essentially a lightly restyled De Tomaso Longchamp with a Maserati engine.

73 Citroën SM-derived Quattroporte II saloon emerges in 1976, but only a dozen or so are made before the project is dropped.

74 Quattroporte III with styling by Giorgetto Giugiaro is presented at the 1977 Turin Motor Show.

75 Maserati chases volume on announcing the Biturbo in December 1981.

76 Zagato-built Biturbo Spyder is unveiled at the 1984 Geneva Motor Show.

77 Ultra-luxurious Royale variatiant of Quattroporte III is announced in 1986.

78 Biturbo-based Karif coupe announced in 1988.

79 A Biturbo is fielded in the 1988 British Touring Car Championship without success.

80 Twin-turbocharged, V8-engined, Biturbo-based Shamal is first seen in late 1989 but deliveries don’t begin until December ’90.

81 Maserati announces mid-engined Chubasco in 1990 but it remains a one-off (and non-functioning) concept car.

82 Ghibli name is revived in 1992 for Biturbo-derived coupe.

83 Barchetta sports-racer is introduced in 1992, with 17 made into ’93.

84 Fiat acquires Maserati in 1993.

85 Quatroporte IV is announced in 1994.

86 The factory-backed Selenia Ghibli Open Cup one-make series is launched in 1995. It is canned two races into the following season.

87 Privateer Ghibli Cup is entered in 1998 BRDC British GT Championship.

88 3200GT coupe enters production in 1998.

89 Heavily-revised 3200GT-based Maserati Coupe – unofficially known as 4200GT – is announced in 2001.

90 Trofeo competition version of 4200GT is announced in 2003.

91 Maserati unveils Kubang SUV in 2004. It remains unique.

92 Pininfarina-styled Quattroporte V arrives in 2004.

93 More powerful GranSport variant of 3200GT is announced at 2004 Geneva Motor Show.

94 The MC12 supercar claims 40 wins from 94 FIA GT race starts from 2004 to 2009.

95 Maserati GranTurismo is unveiled at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show.

96 Carrozzeria Touring of Milan announces a shooting brake version of the Qauttroporte V.

97 Maserati GranCabrio makes its public debut at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.

98 Ghibli III saloon enters production in 2013.

99 Sixth-generation Quttroporte is unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.

100 Maserati announces Alfieri concept car in 2014, the marque’s centenary year.

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