For much of its existence as a manufacturer, Maserati was primarily concerned with motorsports. And this focus paid off with countless wins in Grand Prix and sports car racing both before and after the Second World War. Any road cars that Maserati had sold were very low volume. Very expensive automobiles that made heavy use of parts from the company’s existing racing machines. This changed in the second half of the 1950s, as Maserati. Under the ownership of Adolfo Orsi stretched too thin financially. Fangio had won his last World Championship driving for Maserati in 1957. Maserati had barely lost out to Ferrari in the World Sportscar Championship in the same year. But in 1958 the company announced that it would cease its factory racing program. To stay in business, Maserati needed a different approach. Racing car construction and service was still carried out for privateers, but Maserati carried out series production of a road car for the first time with the 3500GT.