Maserati is an Italian manufacturer of luxury and performance cars. Prospective buyers shopping for a used Maserati have a lot of history to sort through – the company has been around for nearly a hundred years, since 1914. It’s unlikely that any used Maserati cars from the early days will show up in local listings, of course. Many early Maseratis were used as race cars, since the brothers of the Maserati family were racing enthusiasts. The Maserati family sold the company in 1937, ushering in a new era, and setting off a complicated history of mergers and acquisitions, in some cases, even falling under the corporate umbrella of rival automakers. A near-constant state of turmoil tended to have a negative affect on the actual cars being produced, which in turn led to further financial troubles.
Despite the brand’s complexity and reputation for unreliability in the wake of multiple distractions at the corporate level, the allure of an Italian performance car is a hard temptation to overcome. Chances are, anyone shopping for used Maserati cars will probably focus on models designed and produced over the last couple decades. The company still suffered from financial instability during the 1990s, and the cars from that era were fairly hard to get in North America. Finding a Maserati for sale from before the 2002 model year, when Maserati was formally reintroduced in the United States car sales market, means such a preowned Maserati would be a particularly rare find. After Maserati’s expansion back into the United States, the brand sold between 2000 and 3000 cars a year in the United States. So, it’ll be much easier for prospective Maserati owners to focus on selecting a model from the past decade. Maserati’s production lineup over this time frame includes high end performance vehicles such as the Quattroporte, GranTurismo, and GranCabrio. And Maserati’s currently under the ownership of Fiat, so its foundation is more solid than it has been at some other times in the company’s history.