100 years of Maserati: the brand's most beautiful cars

Maserati celebrates its centenary this month, we round up the brand's prettiest ever models

This month sees iconic Italian car maker Maserati celebrate its centenary. Founded on 1 December 1914 in Bologna, Maserati can now look back on 100 years of activity that has brought some of the most striking and beautiful cars in the world to life.

With swarms of elegant race cars, production models and one-off concepts to its name, Maserati’s car design record stands comparison with the best in the business. 

To mark 100 years of production, we have put together a gallery of Maserati’s most beautiful and eye-catching designs. Iconic race cars such as the 250F raced by Juan Manuel Fangio in the Formula 1 World Championship and more recent concept cars such as the Alferi make the list.  

Maserati Tipo 61

The Tipo 61 is commonly referred as the Maserati Birdcage thanks to its complex tubular space frame chassis. It competed at Le Mans during 1959 and 1961.

Maserati Birdcage 75th

Introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in 2005, the Birdcage marked the 75th anniversary of the design house Pininfarina. It was built on the carbon chassis of the MC12 GT1 race car. 

Maserati A6 GCS

The A6 GCS was launched back in the fifties and penned by infamous design house Pininfarina. Sleek but sporty the A6 GCS weighed only 740kg. 

Maserati 250F

Famously raced by Juan Miguel Fangio during the 1954 Formula 1 season, the 250F was powered by a 220bhp 2.5-litre straight-six engine. Other drivers to race the 250F included Sir Stirling Moss. 

Maserati 3500 GT

The 3500 GT was produced both as a coupe and a spider during 1957 and 1964. It was the firm's first attempt at large voume prodcution for a GT car. 

Maserati Tipo 26M

Built as a race car during the 1930s, the 26M evolved from the original eight-cylinder Tipo 26 into a single-seat racer. 13 were produced and used in endurance races. 

Maserati Alfieri

Maserati celebrated it’s centenary at Goodwood earlier this year, but previewed its future with the Alfieri concept, a Jaguar F-Type rival confirmed for production in 2016.

Maserati Quattroporte 

The Quattroporte is now in its sixth-generation but the previous iteration of the four-door saloon remains a favourite. It was unveiled back in 2003 and powered by a 4.2-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine. 

Maserati Gran Turismo

The Gran Turismo was a two-door, four-seat coupe manufactured using mechanical components from the Ferrari 599 GTB. Production of the coupe looks set to end next year with a replacement model set to arrive in 2016.

Maserati MC12

Developed alongside the Ferrari Enzo, the MC12 was a limited run production car with only 50 examples available to buyers. A racing variant was also developed to complete in the FIA GT Championship.

Now read our round-up of the fastest cars on sale now

Recommended

Maserati promises 13 new cars in three years including EV and Macan rival
News

Maserati promises 13 new cars in three years including EV and Macan rival

New MC20 supercar leads range revamp with new SUV and all-electric line-up
11 Sep 2020
Hot Maserati Levante Trofeo SUV updated for 2020
Maserati Levante

Hot Maserati Levante Trofeo SUV updated for 2020

The 572bhp Maserati Levante Trofeo SUV gets a subtle range of cosmetic and technology improvements
10 Aug 2020
Special edition Maserati Levante and Ghibli Sportivo launched
Maserati Ghibli Sportivo
News

Special edition Maserati Levante and Ghibli Sportivo launched

Two special edition trim levels for Maserati Levante and Ghibli Sportivo launched, both of which come with equipment upgrades
19 Jan 2021
“It’s time for Maserati to fulfil its long-held promise”
Maserati

“It’s time for Maserati to fulfil its long-held promise”

Maserati has had its ups and down over the last few years, but editor-in-chief Steve Fowler thinks exciting times are ahead for the Italian brand
16 Sep 2020

Most Popular

Electric Nissan e-NV200 Winter Camper concept revealed
Nissan e-NV200 Winter Camper concept
News

Electric Nissan e-NV200 Winter Camper concept revealed

All-electric campervan features a built-in kitchen, a folding bed and a power pack that can be recharged using a roof-mounted solar panel
21 Jan 2021
BMW 5 Series vs Audi A6 vs Volvo S90
BMW 5 Series vs Audi A6 vs Volvo S90 - main
Car group tests

BMW 5 Series vs Audi A6 vs Volvo S90

Can plug-in hybrid power create a clear winner out of the BMW 5 Series, Audi A6 or Volvo S90
23 Jan 2021
Updated Abarth 595 range launched with fresh interior
Abarth 595 2021 - main
Abarth 500

Updated Abarth 595 range launched with fresh interior

Subtle styling tweaks and a more emissions-friendly engine range for revised Abarth 595
22 Jan 2021