Ferrari | Maserati
Ferrari S.p.A. is an Italian luxury sports car manufacturer founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1929, as Scuderia Ferrari (Ferrari Stable) (SF). Its famous symbol is the Cavallino Rampante (“prancing horse”) a black prancing stallion on a yellow shield.
The company sponsored drivers and manufactured race cars before moving into production of street-legal vehicles in 1947. In 1940 Ferrari produced his first race car, the Tipo 815, based on a Fiat platform it debuted at the 1940 Mille Miglia. The first road car was the 1947 125 S.
From 2002 to 2004, Ferrari produced the Enzo, their fastest model at the time, which was introduced and named in honor of the company’s founder.
In May 2012 the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO became the most expensive car in history, selling in a private transaction for $38,115,000 to American communications magnate Craig McCaw.
Throughout its history, the company has participated in racing, where it has had great success, holding the most constructors championships. Ferrari is the only race car team to have competed in the Formula One World Championship continuously since its inception in 1950.
Ferrari road cars are seen as a symbol of speed, luxury and wealth. Famous models include the GT4 Dino, Testarossa, Mondial and Berlinetta. Current production includes the California T, FF, 458 series, 488 GTB and the LaFerrari supercar.
Since the 1920s, Italian race cars of Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Abarth and Ferrari were painted in “race red” (Rosso Corsa). This was the customary national racing color of Italy.
Maserati is an Italian luxury car manufacturer established in December 1914. Its tagline is “Luxury, sports and style cast in exclusive cars”.
The trident logo of the Maserati is based on the Fountain of Neptune in Bologna’s Piazza Maggiore. Neptune represents strength and vigour.
One of the first Maseratis, driven by Alfieri Maserati, won the 1926 Targa Florio. In back-to-back wins in 1939 and 1940, a Maserati 8CTF won the Indianapolis 500, the only Italian manufacturer ever to do so.
Current and upcoming cars are the Quattroporte, Ghibli, Gran Turismo, Gran Cabrio, Levante and the Alfieri.
Ferrari and Maserati are currently owned by Fiat.