After a career building cars for Grand Prix racing, Maserati began to focus on road cars from 1946 with the impressive A6/1500. But it was with the 3500GT of 1957 that Maserati became a true Ferrari challenger. It continued in that vein over the next few decades with models such as the Ghibli and Bora being stand-out offerings.
The latter was built while Citroën owned the firm, between 1969 and 1975, and after the French firm pulled out, when it hit ecomomic difficulties, De Tomaso then took over and Maseratis increasingly shared their components with its former rival. The 1980s were the Biturbo years, but Maserati returned to form when it joined Ferrari as part of the Fiat Group in the mid-1990s.