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Maserati Factory Tour

The Marque of the Trident

Besucher schauen sich den neuen Ghibli von Maserati an

Engineer Alfieri Maserati founded his company in Bologna in 1914, along with his brothers Bindo, Carlo, Ettore, and Ernesto. A sixth Maserati brother, artist Maria, was inspired by the trident of Neptune in Bologna's Piazza Maggiore to create the company's famous symbol.

When the surviving brothers sold their shares in the company to Adolfo Orsi in 1937, Maserati relocated to Modena, not far from the Museo Enzo Ferrari. In 1939 and 1940, Maserati's 8CTF became the first (and so far only) Italian car to win back to back victories in the Indianapolis 500.

Afterwards, Maserati commandeered to make parts for the war, then returned to making cars, turning increasingly to luxury Gran Turismos. Since 1993, the company has been owned by Fiat, which sold 50% of the firm to arch-rival Ferrari, which helped to turn it around from the brink of bankruptcy; in 2005 it was split from Ferrari and is now partnered with Alfa Romeo. And in the past couple of years, they've had record sales, since 2013 producing cars in Milan and Turin as well as in Modena.

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Divisione Acqui 17, Modena

Factory Tours 90 minute tours of the production line by appointment only, in English by request, Mon-Fri 9-3.30pm except on public holidays and from mid July— August; €35 per person (must be over age 18) as long as at least 4 people sign up; free for owners of Maseratis. Book online with Modenatur

Modena and its Province

Science, Technology and Cars

Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

Image by Marco Verch