The first cars of every major car maker (Part 9)

Maserati: Tipo A6 (1947)
There were six Maserati brothers and five of them (Carlo, Bindo, Alfieri, Ettore and Ernesto) devoted their lives to cars and motor sport. They launched their own car-making company in 1926, but the focus was exclusively on racing cars; it wouldn’t be until 1947 that the Tipo A6 arrived, powered by a 1488cc straight-six. Later would come a 2.0-litre version and an array of special-bodied cars.

Maserati went on to produce a variety of highly desirable luxurious and sporty cars. After ownership by Citroën and De Tomaso, the company was acquired by Fiat in 1993. It was then spun into Fiat-owned Ferrari for a period; today it’s part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, producing luxury models like the Levante SUV.

Holden: 48/215 (1948)
Holden didn’t build its first cars until 1948, almost a century after the company was founded. In 1856 James Holden set up J.A. Holden & Co as a saddlery business, by 1908 it was trimming cars and from 1914 it was manufacturing cars as a sub-contractor. By now the company had been renamed Holden’s Motor Body Builders and in 1924 HMBB was awarded a hefty contract by General Motors. GM swallowed up HMBB in 1931 but it wasn’t until 1948 that the first Holden was sold: the 48/215, with a 60bhp 2172cc engine and offered in saloon or pick-up forms.

Holden was to become the last company to volume-produce cars in Australia, but closed its last factory in 2017. The brand continues today, but as an importer.

Jaguar (MkV, 1948)
So here it is – Jaguar’s third first car. The company’s original first car was when Jaguar was called Swallow Sidecars, the second was just an SS car that was sold as a Jaguar and this was the first car from Jaguar that didn’t start out as an SS. The MkV came in saloon or drophead forms and was fitted with the same choice of 2664cc or 3485cc straight-six engines as before. poker online

Production lasted until 1951 when the MkVII took over; there was no MkVI, probably because Bentley was selling its own MkVI at the time.

Land Rover (1948)
Land Rover was originally an offshoot of the Rover Car Company which wanted to increase its exports and it also spotted a gap in the market for a vehicle capable of tackling harsh terrain. The result was the Series 1 of 1948, powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine. Production started in July 1948 and within three months Land Rover had dealers in an astonishing 68 countries around the world.

The company went on to effectively invent the luxury SUV with its Range Rover model in 1970. Land Rover was spun out of BMW’s Rover misadventure in 2000 and sold to Ford. Together with Jaguar, Land Rover was acquired by India’s Tata in 2008; in recent years it’s prospered with the striking Range Rover Evoque compact SUV among several other popular models.