Meant to commemorate 100 years of Maserati, this work covers the history of the marque in all its aspects and is divided into three large sections. The first, signed by Luca Dal Monte, deals with the company history and the marque's industrial matters: from the early years, when production was concentrated on racing cars, to the advent of the first GT of the immediate post-war period through to the great classics of the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies. The "Road cars and design" section by Lorenzo Ramaciotti, is specifically devoted to the Trident's road cars: from the A6 1500 to current production models, including the extraordinary expressions of design offered by models like the 3500 and 5000 GT, the various Quattroportes, the Mistral, Ghibli, Indy to then approach the present day, touching on the 3200 GT and the current Quattroporte, Granturismo and GranCabrio. Historic and modern pictures illustrate each of these models in a long photographic treatise, preceded by an introductory section which focuses on the historic matters associated with this vein of Maserati production. The last section written by Cesare De Agostini and Gianni Cancellieri is about races: from the outset Maserati's history has mainly been one of racing, from the pioneering era to the glorious Fifties, as much in Formula 1 with the 1957 world championship won by Juan Manuel Fangio, as endurance races, Maserati has expressed itself with success at the top levels of the sport. But even before that, the glorious marque had written unforgettable pages in the annals of racing, including victories at Indianapolis in 1939 and 1940. The recent success of the MC12 is the latest chapter in this proud history of achievement. There are also specific boxes in this section devoted to particular competitive aspects, such as the great road speed records (1926-1952) and the company's long experience in speedboat racing.
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Born in Cremona, Italy, in 1963, Luca Dal Monte has led Public Relations for Ferrari in the United States and is now the Head of Global PR for Maserati. He has authored several books on motor racing in Italy and in the United States, including a fiction novel set in the Nazi-driven 1930s European Grand Prix scene.
A graduate in mechanical engineering, Lorenzo Ramaciotti was director general of Pininfarina's Studies and Research sector for about 20 years. Cars like the Maserati Quattroporte, Ferrari 550 Maranello, 360 Modena, F430, Scaglietti and also the dream car Enzo were all born under his management. Today he is responsible for the style of the entire Fiat Group Automobiles.
Cesare De Agostini is one of the best known Italian authors on motor sport much liked for his highly individual style, which is able to transmit such excitement. First a journalist and then an author of a multitude of books on the world of motor racing, his extensive list of successes include unforgettable titles on Tazio Nuvolari, Giuseppe Farina, Alberto Ascari and Clay Regazzoni.
Gianni Cancellieri is one of the best known Italian motor sport writers. Born in Mantua in 1934, he now lives and works in Milan. He has previously edited a number of the country's most important motoring and motor sport magazines, among them Autosprint and Ruoteclassiche. Cancellieri has written, contributed to and edited numerous books on Formula One and its drivers. For many years, he has been the supervising editor of the Giorgio Nada Editore series “Racing Lives”, devoted to the great champions of the past. He is the author of Maserati All the cars (2015) and co-author of the official book Maserati. A century of history (2014).