Any sports car buff knows that Maserati makes one of the most expensive supercars in the world. The Maserati doors were opened with the intent of creating luxury sports cars that were hand-built to become the fastest and most expensive vehicles in their class. The company was founded in 1914 in Bologna, Italy, making it one of the oldest sports car manufacturers in existence and they remained there for 26 years.
The factory eventually moved to Viale Ciro Menotti, Modena, in 1940. It was later acquired by Ferrari in an attempt to expand its customer base and appeal. It was originally kept in the Ferrari group but later moved to Fiat in 1993. They are still under the Fiat helm but are now in the group that also produces Alpha Romeos.
All of these sports car companies have continued to develop concept cars that were at the time, unimaginable, with Maserati at the helm. The name continues to excite race car enthusiasts as well as those who have the discretionary income and desire to own a couple for their amazing auto collections.
Although the company is primarily known for building race cars, Maserati has also reached record heights for their road cars. Although you don't see a lot of these vehicles driving along the road in many midwestern states, you will see them in warmer climates, like Los Angeles and Miami. After all, many of these sporty little numbers are convertibles and wealthier areas like Beverly Hills is all about being seen, so those markets are ripe.
In case you're curious, the trident emblem on the Maserati grill is based on the Fountain of Neptune in Bologna's Piazza Maggiore and was adapted by one of the Maserati brothers, Mario, who was an artist. They decided to keep it as a fitting symbol for the company since Neptune represents strength and vigor - the two components that are key to manufacturing outstanding sports cars.
The list we have prepared for you today includes ten of the priciest Maserati models in existence. Did you know that you can actually purchase a used Maserati sedan for around $65,000? However, we're pretty sure it won't make the neighbors jealous. It's not likely a true sports car lover would ever settle for that. Check out these racing and road beauties to see how making just a few alterations on existing models can create new enthusiasm and purchasing motivation.
10 Maserati GranTurismo S Mansory: $350,000
Sporty and sensational looking, the GranTurismo's custom version, the S by Mansory, came with a newly designed front spoiler. This, of course, shows off the famous Maserati trident in the center of the grill. Mansory is known as being the most amazing manufacturing specialist when it comes to customizing Italian hyper sports cars.
9 Maserati GranCabrio: $360,000
This model is what we would consider a typical, elegant, luxury Maserati sports car. It's actually a cabriolet with Maserati technology. It was modeled after the GranTurismo and was intended to start another highly desirable line, and it succeeded. The 4.7 liter V8 engine provides a whopping 460 hp, but as you'll see in later models, it gets better and better. By 2015, the company is planning to produce 50,000 units per year versus the current 6,159 units. That would be an incredible leap, but the next version of this model is expected to be smaller and use the latest technology, such as a new engine that will allow the auto to power up faster and become more fuel efficient to keep it ahead of the game. It will be unveiled some time this year with sales starting next year. So if you're interested, keep on the lookout for what could be your very next car
8 Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale Wheels and More Demonoxious: $370,000
How funny to name a car "demonoxious", sounds devilishly loud and fast, and evidently fits the bill. The 20-inch wheels are deemed the most revolutionary change from the GranTurismo MC, thus the other part of the name "stradale wheels". Car manufacturers, like Maserati, make many versions of their most well-engineered and popular cars, so the cars are often named after the biggest revision, like in this case.
7 Maserati GranCabrio Novitec Tridente: $390,000
Novitec Tridente are Maserati's master tuning specialists. They are the group who introduced this 4-seat convertible. What they did is add a new supercharger to the GranCabrio MC and ended up with an enhanced intake manifold, larger injectors in the fuel system and more. The V8 engine powers 646 horsepower at 7,500 rpms, which is 186 more than the original.
6 Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale Novitec Tridente: $400,000
This bright yellow GranTurismo MC Stradale looks outstanding and its performance is known to match its looks. It starts with a 4.7 liter V8 engine with an increased horsepower of 646 which allows it to go from 0 to 60 in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 190 mph. It can be made faster with a few gearing adjustments which will shave off .7 seconds and increase the speed to 205 mph.
5 Maserati GranCabrio Sport: $400,000
This is one of Maserati's more elegant sports cars and if you're driving it, you'll be noticed, make no mistake. This hotrod has a 4.7 liter V8 engine that responds within seconds. Reviews say this is one of the most comfortable rides, with little shake. The steering is tight and a little button next to the column marked "sport" is just begging to be pushed to transform the performance into higher gear.
4 Maserati Tipo 151: $1 Million
The Tipo 151 was made in 1962 and only three were built. It was ultimately updated in 1963 for the Le Mans event, with a new engine, Lucas indirect injection and other tweaks. It was made for racing, however during free practice for the 2013 RAC Tourist Trophy celebration, the Tipo dropped a wheel, collapsing the suspension and sent it into a nearby wall. The 2-seat, front-engine coupe, 4.0 liter V8 engine auto was repaired and restored.
3 Maserati Birdcage 75th: $2 Million
The Birdcage 75th was introduced at the 2005 Geneva auto show. The name comes from honoring the design team's, Pininfarina's, 75th anniversary and also the classic Maserati Birdcages of the 1960's. The bubble canopy replaces traditional doors; the windshield covers a large part of the car as it sits so low, it was necessary for visibility. For the car buffs out there, check out the documentary, Sleek Dreams, that follows the six-month design process.
2 Maserati MC12 Corsa: $2.1 Million
In an online review, one person wrote that while in Nurburgring, they were able to witness the Maserati MC12 Corsa on the road and it was everything they dreamed a sports car could be. They went on to report, "it's so loud, it reaches up to 147 decibels, which is screeching fast." The Corsa was not intended for race course driving, like the original MC12. Only 12 were sold and each paid well over $1 million, obviously a great investment.
1 Maserati MC12: $2.85 Million
The original intention behind building this supercar was to hand-build a limited edition of 25 units. The model was so popular, it was sold out before it was officially introduced at the 2004 Geneva motor show. The company ended up building another 25 in 2005. It was the first road-legal, mid-engine grand touring car Maserati had designed since the early 1980's. This was designed while the company was still under Ferrari ownership and was meant as a potential FIA GT racer.