One-off Maserati GranTurismos celebrate the brand’s past and future

The new Maserati GranTurismo is headed to the 2023 Milan Design Week to show off some of the different outfits it can wear. The Italian company’s Fuoriserie department, which handles one- and few-off requests from customers, prepared a pair of one-of-a-kind coupes.

Maserati calls the Design Week-bound models GranTurismo One Off Prisma and GranTurismo One Off Luce, respectively. “Prisma” means “Prism” in Italian (coincidentally, the name also appeared on a three-box version of the original Lancia Delta) while “luce” translates to “light” (as in, what the sun emits, not how you’d describe a Mazda MX-5 Miata). Both will be difficult to miss if you’re walking around the show floor.

Designed as a celebration of Maserati’s past, present, and future, the Prisma is painted in no less than 14 different colors. Two of those colors look to the future, according to the carmaker, while the remaining 12 are colors that were offered on the GranTurismo’s predecessors. Amaranto — a purple-ish color — was available on the 1947 A6 1500, and Oro Longchamps was offered on the 1973 Khamsin. Once the colors were applied to the body, over 8,500 letters that spell the name of historic Maserati models were applied by hand to create a second layer.

At the other end of the spectrum, the Luce (shown above) represents Maserati’s future. It’s not as colorful as the Prisma but it’s equally eye-catching: it features a mirror-like finish, a laser-etched pattern, and a color that the company describes as being “almost absent.” We’re told that this treatment makes the contours of the car blend into their surroundings, though so far we’ve only seen a sketch of the car — it likely looks quite a bit different when you’re standing in front of it. Maserati used a recycled type of nylon called EcoNyl throughout the interior.

Maserati hasn’t announced what the future holds for the two design studies. They might join the company’s collection, or they could end up in a lucky collector’s garage. As for the regular-production model, it’s scheduled to reach showrooms across the nation this month with a twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter V6 and a base price set at about $174,000. The next-generation GranCabrio convertible isn’t far behind.

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