Maserati Company was founded in 1914 by Maserati brothers Alfieri, Bindo, Ettore, and Ernesto in Bologna, Italy. The oldest brother, Carlo, who worked for Fiat, Isotta-Fraschini and Bianchi, died of tuberculosis in1910, 4 years before his brothers established a family business.  In 1920s Alfieri, Bindo, and Ernesto built 2-litre Grand Prix cars for Diatto. In 1926, when Diatto suspended the production of race cars, Alfieri Maserati who designed  racing Diatto, took his design to the Maserati workshop to produce the first Maserati, Tipo 26. The design of the Tipo 26 consisted of a steel ladder-type frame supporting a supercharged inline-8 1.5-litre engine with a three-speed manual transmission and an aluminum two-seater bodywork. The car was produced in 1926 – 1932. The racing debut of Tipo 26 was at 17th Targa Florio race in April 1926. Car #5 driven by Alfierei Maserati with Guerino Bertocchi as riding mechanic, finished first in Class II for cars up to 1500cc, and eights overall. Alfieri was badly injured in 1928 while racing his Type 26 at the Coppa Messina on the Circuit of Monti Peloritani. He had emergency surgery, one of his kidneys being irreparably damaged. He died in 1932 from complications after poorly executed surgery on the remaining kidney.

SeasonSeriesEvent
1926Grand PrixTarga Florio
Driver No.Entrant
Alfieri Maserati5Officine Alfieri Maserati
Scale ManufacturerCollection
1:43Leo ModelsMaserati 100 Years Collection
Cat. No.QualityRarity
No. 35