By: Richard Crump & Rob De Rive Box . - AUTHORISED MERCIAN MANUALS REPRINT -
The Maserati is very underexposed. Perhaps with good reason? Books on the subject are few and far between, both in number and quality. Yet the cars are constantly on the lips of the Italian 'exoticar' enthusiast, in the same breath as Ferrari and Lamborghini. Maserati is surrounded by a blockade of myth, untruth and inconsistency ready to catch the unwary researcher and enthusiast. After four company owners, numerous financial peaks and troughs, little interconnection between the road and racing cars, and over thirty years of historical neglect, little real information appears to be left and what is left is extremely hard to unfathom. When Richard Crump and Rob Box started out on this project, even with their extensive personal experience, they realized that they were in for a hard time. Their offering is nothing short of miraculous.
For the first time, MASERATI ROAD CARS sorts out the company's production cars into an accurate assembly, giving their specifications directly from company brochures and build sheets, their production figures from company orders and invoices, and their development from company archives, interviews, car handbooks, photographs and an analysis of previously suspect material. Here we show close to 500. illustrations, some in colour, of these charismatic cars, of which less than 10,000 have been built (in total) through some sixteen model series. Undeniably, this is an appreciation of the cars, yet does not suffer a lack of comment.