Maserati is one of the oldest Italian carmakers and has a history from its inception as a race car maker. Founded in 1914, the company was purchased in 1993 by Fiat and is now part of that conglomerate's sports car group.
Throughout its life since its inception, motorsport has been a key component of Maserati. It was founded by racing enthusiasts, won its first race the same year its first car was built, and has been owned and operated by racing enthusiasts and even race drivers in its past. During the 1980s, it was operated by Alejandro de Tomaso, a retired racing driver, and really solidified itself as a serious sports car company for the modern age.
Upon purchase by Fiat, substantial effort and capital were put into Maserati and the company as we know it today ? sleek, powerful, and highly luxurious was born. With the help of long-time rival Ferrari, the mid-1990s saw Maserati become what it is now. Maserati returned to the United States in 2002.
Outside of collector cars, the most common Maserati vehicles offered on the U.S. market both new and used are the four-door Quattroporte and Ghibli, both of which are sporting luxury cars. The Ghibli is new to the market, being introduced in 2013, while the Quattroporte is now in its second-generation after introduction in 2004.
The GranTurismo and GranCabrio are 2+2 grand touring cars noted for their huge engines (for the car's size) and excellent driving characteristics. The GranCabrio is the convertible version of the GranTurismo.
Maseratis sold on the secondary market often have very high price tags due to their popularity and high demand, even as a used vehicle.