Three Fun Fact About Maserati
Even the biggest Maserati fan doesn’t know everything about the iconic Italian car brand. The company has a rich history, so there’s predictably a number of interesting facts pertaining to the brand.
Before you head to a Maserati dealer in New York, check out some interesting Maserati tidbits. You may be inclined to rush down to that dealer and make a purchase today!
Six Maserati Brothers
You’re likely familiar with the five automobile-loving Maserati brothers: Alfieri, Bindo, Carlo, Ettore and Ernesto. The boys were seemingly always involved in the industry, as three of the brothers helped build a 2-litre Grand Prix car for Diatto. When the vehicle was ultimately discontinued, the group created the first Maserati racer. This car would win the 1926 Targa Florio (with Alfieri piloting), and the fast and luxurious ride soon became popular around the globe.
Of course, there was also the sixth brother, Mario. The fifth-oldest brother wasn’t as interested in getting all greased up, as he became a painter and artist based out of Bolgna, Milano (we’ll get to his involvement with the company later).
When Alfieri died in 1932, Bindo, Ernesto and Ettore kept the business afloat. However, less than a decade later, they sold off their shares to Adolfo Orsi family.
Logo Based on Fountain of Neptune
The familiar trident logo is actually based off the iconic Fountain of Neptune in Bologna’s Piazza Maggiore. The bronze figure controls the water of the fountain with his trident, which many car enthusiasts would associate with automobile company.
The idea actually came from a family friend, Marquis Diego de Sterlich, and those within the group loved the concept. Neptune is representative of strength and vigor, two traits the car company wanted to display in their products. Furthermore, the fountain is a symbol of the company’s home city, Bologna, Italy. To design the familiar badge, the company went to (who else) but brother Mario.
When the company was sold, the brothers continued to engineer vehicles for the company, and the brand continue to be successful in the racing circuit. In fact, the Maserati 8CTF won two straight Indianapolis 500s, becoming the only Italian manufacturer to have done so.
However, just as the company was starting to hit it’s stride, Maserati was required to make vehicles for Italy during World War II. They were actually commissioned to produce a V16 town car for Benito Mussolini, with the intent that he’d get it before Hitler received his Ferry Porsche. The plan was ultimately thrown out.
If you knew all of those, congratulations, you’re a Maserati master! In all seriousness, the company does have a vast and interesting history, and that’s helped elevate the brand to become one of the most popular in the world.
If you’re now itching to shop for the racers, head down to Maserati of Albany. You’ll be thrilled with their great selection and competitive prices.