Alongside this high prestige coupé, Pinin Farina also brought out a competition berlinetta interpreted in the most authentic spirit of Maserati: the A6 GCS, which came out at the end of 1953. Based on the A6 GCS barchetta, it had a very prominent, oval nose - a feature shared by many Maserati’s right up to the present day - that is perceived as one of the marque’s most distinctive styling cues.
Since Ferrari and Maserati were merged in the Fiat Group in the Nineties, this extraordinary legacy has paved the way to new, important initiatives, of which the Maserati Quattroporte can be considered a worthy representative. With its modern, elegant lines and unique, unmistakable personality, recognizable at a glance, the new Quattroporte scored an immediate success, right from its debut at the 2003 Frankfurt Show, not only as regards sales but also for the long list of awards and accolades assigned, including the “Red Dot Design Award”; “Import Car of the Year” (Japan Automotive Hall of Fame Association); the Wallpaper Design Award for Best Car; best “flagship” for Quattroruote, Auto Motor und Sport and L’Automobile Magazine readers. The Quattroporte Automatic, which preserves the lines designed by Pininfarina, made its debut on the Maserati stand just two months ago at the Detroit Show. In 2005, this successful cooperation with Maserati was celebrated with the Birdcage 75th, an extreme sporting prototype built on the racing chassis of the Maserati MC12 that has already garnered many awards including “Best Concept” of the Editors’ Choice Awards assigned by the American Autoweek magazine and the high prestige Louis Vuitton Classic Concept Award. The debut of the new GranTurismo in Geneva marks the start of a new, fortunate chapter in the history of Maserati-Pininfarina.