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Viva Italia Maserati Models

April 13, 2009

Maserati showed strong support for The Children’s Guild at VIVA ITALIA Concours D’Elegance with a variety of their current Quattraporte and Gran Turismo models.

Gran Turismo translates to ‘grand tourer’, a touring sports car. The two-door, four-seat coupe is powered by an eight cylinder 4244cc V90 degree engine, and handles much like a sports car. The Gran Turismo S is the sportiest version of the coupe, and also comes with an automatic transmission option.

Maserati developed the idea of Grand Touring cars, and is now on the fifth generation of the Quattraporte, which translates to four-doors. The Quattraporte S is a sportier version of this stylish saloon, while the Quattraporte Sport GT S is marketed as, “Maserati’s most powerful sedan ever!” This model carries a family of four in style and comfort. While offering the amenities you would expect to find in a luxury sedan, the Quattraporte offers the driving experience of a sports car.

Historically many Maserati models were named after the types of winds experienced throughout Italy, Southern Europe and Northern Africa. One of the first named for a wind was the Mistral, a cold northerly wind experienced in southern France and Italy. The Ghibli [gib-lee] is named for a hot dusty wind which finds its origins in the Sahara Desert. Khamsin [kam-seen or kam-sin] is a dry hot and dusty violent eastward wind which usually lasts nearly two months beginning in mid-March, experienced mostly in Egypt and across the Red Sea. Bora was named for the violent dry and cold wind driven from the north in the Adriatic region, the word Bora derives from the Greek word boreas for wind. Shamal is the hot summer wind which blows in large areas of the area historically known as Mesopotamia [between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, currently areas within Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Iran.

In many Italian auto names you will see references to Vignale.  Carrozzeria Alfredo Vignale was an Italian auto coachbuilder established by Alfredo Vignale in Turin.  The Vignale facility built coach works (auto bodies) for many of the Italian auto manufacturers including Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Ferrari and Lancia.

Other names by Maserati recognize their rich racing heritage. The Vignale Sebring was name to commemorate Maserati’s victory at Sebring. The Maserati Indy celebrates the two consecutive wins and the Indianapolis 500 in 1939 and 1940. The Vignale Maserati Mexico started its life on a 5000GT chassis. When a prominent Mexican owner wrecked his 5000GT he shipped it back to Italy for repair at the factory. Coincidentally the Cooper-Maserati won the Mexican Grand Prix the following year. Maserati then renamed the 5000GT the Mexico. The Kyalami celebrates successes at the South African Grand Prix/Formula 1 track located just outside of Johannesburg.

One of the more general names of a Maserati was the A6 GCS, one of many A6 models produced. The ‘A’ represents the Alfieri brothers, founders of Maserati. The ‘6’ refers to the straight-six engine. ‘G’ recognizes the ‘ghisa’ or cast iron block. While ‘CS’ represents ‘corsa-sport’ series.

Join us on September 27, 2009 as Mr. Tire presents VIVA ITALIA Concours D’Elegance to benefit The Children’s Guild on the beautiful streets of Harbor East in Baltimore. We hope to host many Maserati models, as well as Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, deTomaso, Lancia and Lamborghini models from throughout the Mid-Atlantic.

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