On this day in auto history – March 3rd

Wed 3rd Mar 2021

It was on this day in 1932 that Alfieri Maserati - the most celebrated of the five brothers who established the famous marque in the family surname - died at the age of just 44.

Hailing from the Lombardy region of northern Italy, Alfieri served in World War I and, alongside his brothers Bindo, Carlo, Ettore and Ernesto, began the production of Maserati racing cars in 1926.

As a driver, Alfieri won a number of races before sustaining injuries in a serious accident in 1928 which was to cause the liver complications which eventually resulted in his death four years later.

The remaining brothers sold their company shares in 1937 and, under new ownership after the war, the company began to specialise in more mass-produced vehicles.

Following spells under the ownership of Citroen, Fiat and Ferrari, Maserati today forms part of the ‘Maserati and Alfa Romeo Group’ under Fiat control.

Alfieri was commemorated when the Maserati Alfieri concept vehicle was named after him in 2014.