The Maserati brothers started building cars in 1926 with their interest predominantly in race cars. From In 1937 they sold out to Orsi but were obliged to work for the firm for a further 10 years, so in 1946 the remaining brothers started up OSCA. Post war, Orsi developed the A6 1500 (later 2 litre) , and in 1957 came the 3500GT which sold in good volume. The Shah of Iran had suggested a special using the 450S engine, and this car became the 5000GT in 1959. Maserati went on to make the Sebring (1962) , Mistral (1963), the V8 Mexico (1966), with Ghibli and Indy in 1969. When the mid engined V8 4.7 litre Bora was made for 1971, it was followed the following year by a baby version Merak, powered by the V6 used in the Citroen SM. After Citroen went into liqudation it was bought by Peugeot who sold off Maserati. The new company was part government owned and part owned by Alejandro De Tomaso who took the reins with new products, many based on his previous De Tomaso cars which had used American V8 engines, ideal for supplanting with a Maserati V8.