At the start of last month Maserati celebrated its 105th birthday, with the famous Italian marque having been founded in Bologna on 1 December 1914.
However, following its sale to industrialist Adolfo Orsi, the brand later shifted to Modena, where the Orsi family’s businesses were based. The production site on Viale Ciro Menotti, where the company’s plant is still located, officially opened its doors on 1 January 1940.
Independent car designer Luca Serafini, who is not only Modenese born and bred but who has also spent time working at a well-known Maserati bodyshop in Modena, namely, Carrozzeria Campana, has come up with the “MilleMiglia” concept car as a personal homage to Maserati’s 105th anniversary.
Luca says the design study has been inspired by single-seater Maserati racing cars dating from the early to mid-20th century period, in particular the Tipo 6CM and the 250F.
The former was designed by Ernesto Maserati and began to take shape in 1935, while the latter became a Formula 1 winner in 1957 – Stirling Moss once even hailed it as the most beautiful looking and user-friendly F1 car ever built!
“Between 2004 and 2006 I was involved in Formula Student events with the Unimore Modena racing team, the so-called ‘Mad Modena Racers’, and now known as ‘MoRe Modena Racing’,” explains Luca. “The open-wheel Formula SAE car development took place at Carrozzeria Campana in Modena, and was designed and engineered using old school methods and techniques.
“The MilleMiglia concept is a homage to the craftsmen I had the chance and pleasure to work with. My passion for car design increased exponentially thanks to their involvement.”