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The meanings behind car makers' emblems

Autocar logo Autocar 04-08-2017 Kris Culmer

MASERATI: The trident is taken from that held by the statue of the Greek god Neptune in Bologna’s Piazza Maggiore central square. Not only did this therefore represent Maserati’s hometown but also Neptune’s qualities of strength, being god of earthquakes, storms and horses.

MASERATI: The trident is taken from that held by the statue of the Greek god Neptune in Bologna’s Piazza Maggiore central square. Not only did this therefore represent Maserati’s hometown but also Neptune’s qualities of strength, being god of earthquakes, storms and horses.
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Car makers' emblems are synonymous with their companies and their cars, and they're something every car fan, and many non-enthusiasts, can recognise in an instant.

However, most people don't know the often fascinating detail behind these emblems and the symbolism they represent.

We explain the origins and meanings in our gallery above.

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