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SOURCE Maserati North America, Inc.
Marks the first European car entered into the U.S. Library of Congress
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., May 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Reminiscent of its renowned win at the very same track, the Maserati 8CTF "Boyle Special" 8CTF (serial number 3032) relived its final victory lap around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway exactly 75 years later. On the brink of Maserati's 100th anniversary, the 8CTF was honored at the Indy 500 in commemoration of its declared win in 1939. Behind the wheel of the vintage automobile was Johnny Rutherford, three-time Indy 500 winner, much like the celebrated Wilbur Shaw that historically claimed his two-time victory for Maserati in 1939 and 1940 respectively.
The legendary Maserati 8CTF was immortalized by the Historical Vehicle Association (HVA) today as the first foreign manufactured automobile to be permanently archived into the United States Library of Congress, a new effort to authenticate historically significant automobiles. Recorded under the U.S. Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Heritage Documentation, the documentation will remain part of the HVA National Historic Vehicle Register and Historic American Engineering Record (HAER).
"As we are celebrating our first 100 years, Maserati is proudly charting its course for the next century," states Harald Wester, Chief Executive Officer of Maserati S.p.A. "We are deeply appreciative of this act that demonstrates the long significant bond between Maserati and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, furthering the link between our brand and the United States."
The fateful 8CTF project was conceived by Ernesto Maserati at the beginning of 1938 with the strong support of the Italian industrialist Orsi family behind it. Characterized by its fixed head and 8-cylinder engine, the "Boyle Special" allowed for powerful, faster acceleration and remarkable reliability; traits which we still attribute to Maserati to date. The 8CTF was Maserati's answer to the dominance of other European manufacturers on the race circuit of the 30's era. The fact that only a few years later, a triumphant Maserati captured back-to-back victories in 'The World's Most Famous Race,' remains at the heart of Maserati's legend today.
"Witnessing the vintage Maserati 8CTF run with such rich automotive context of the Indianapolis 500 during its milestone anniversary is remarkable," says Peter Grady, President and CEO of Maserati North America, Inc. At the century mark, Maserati is in the strongest position of its lifetime with two brand new sport-sedans, all-time high sales record and an exciting industrial plan.
Maserati produces a full line of two and four door models legendary for their spacious handcrafted luxury, thoroughbred performance and everyday usability. The Maserati range includes the all-new full-size Quattroporte and the mid-size Ghibli sport sedan, which earned a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS)*. The flagship Quattroporte GTS leads the charge with a 523 HP twin turbo V8 while both the Ghibli and Quattroporte are available with All-Wheel-Drive, a competition bred twin-turbo 404 HP V6 and an adaptive 8 speed automatic transmission. The two-door GranTurismo line continues with several variants of coupes and convertibles that combine elegance and comfort for four adults, with a six speed automatic transmission to keep the legendary Maserati performance and exhaust note close at hand. Maserati automobiles and merchandise can be found at authorized retailers across North America. Information on Maserati can be found at www.maserati.us, 1-800-My-Maserati. *Built after Nov 2013
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