1948 Maserati 4CLT/48

Graber Sportgarage AG

Graber Sportgarage AG is offering this Maserati 4CLT/48 for sale. 

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The ex-Reg Parnell, Richmond Trophy and Goodwood Trophy winning Maserati 4CLT/48 1.5 litre supercharged, 260 HP, Grand Prix monoposto Chassis #1596 – Engine #1593

Engine: in-line four-cylinder, 1,489 cc, two overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, two-stage Roots supercharger, 260 hp at 7,000 rpm; transmission: four-speed gearbox; suspension: independent with coil springs and hydraulic shock absorbers at the front, longitudinal leaf springs with hydraulic shock absorbers at the rear; brakes: hydraulic drum brakes on four wheels; single-seater.

In 1947, engineer Alberto Massimino became chief engineer at Maserati, assisted by Bellentani and Gorrini, and for 1948 they developed an improved Formula 1 car with sixteen valves, which they called 4CLT/48 – at that time it was better known as Formula A.
The additional letter “T” stood for “Tubolare” and denoted a new tubular frame that replaced the outdated channel beams with round tubes. The front independent suspension consisted of upper rocker arms mounted on internal coil springs, the driven rear axle was supported by four elliptical leaf springs as on the 4CLs, but the four-cylinder engine with 16 valves was now two-stage turbocharged and produced around 260 hp at 7,000 rpm, i.e. 173.3 hp per liter.

The first pair of 4CLT/48s made their successful debut in San Remo in June 1948. Alberto
Ascari and Luigi Villoresi took first and second place, earning the model the name “San Remo Maserati” as they completed an extremely successful season in their beautifully designed new Fantuzzi bodies.
British racing driver Reg Parnell, a haulier from Derby in the north Midlands, had become one of England’s leading racing personalities, particularly at the wheel of the pre-war Maserati 4CL.

Together with like-minded racing enthusiasts, he founded a British branch of the Italian Scuderia Ambrosiana. He and Leslie Brooke acquired the third and fourth 4CLT to be built. T h e chassis with the factory specification “1596” – engine “1593” – went to Reg Parnell on September 14, 1948. The car was delivered just in time for the opening of the Goodwood Motor Circuit, where Parnell beat Bob Gerard in his ERA for the Goodwood Trophy.

Parnell contested much of the 1949 racing season in this car, and further Goodwood successes followed, including the Richmond Trophy race on Easter Monday, April 18, and the Goodwood Trophy on September 17, while in July he won the second round of the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort, setting the fastest lap in the final. The Richmond Trophy was again won by Parnell in April 1950.
After the end of her active racing career in Europe, the “1596” was sold to New Zealand as part of the post-war development.

This “San Remo Monoposto” continued to be actively raced there by a number of amateur
racers. Pat Hoare, Ernie Spargue, Dick Campbell, Victor Blackburn and Ian McKellar, before it was thoroughly renovated and then exhibited in the Queenstown Motor Museum.

The 4CLT returned to Europe at the end of the 1980s, but was no longer used for racing
competitions. After the change of ownership in June 1999, the former Parnell San Remo Mase “rati 4CLT was overhauled ready for operation and is once again being used in its element, racing competitions.

Exterior Color: Red
Engine: 1’489 cc, supercharged with 260 HP at 7’000 rpm
Transmission: Four speed 

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With over thirty years of experience in classic motorsport, race preparation, trackside support, restoration, engine and drive train rebuilds Graber Sportgarage caters for a select clientele of classic sports car owners from around the globe. The origins of "Carrosserie Graber" date back to 1925 when Hermann Graber started as an independent coachbuilder in Wichtrach near Berne. In 1929 a Panhard-Levassor bodied by Graber won first place at the St. Moritz concours d`elegace, wich gave Graber well deserved and valuable publicity. In the 1930`s Graber became world famous for beautiful convertible & coupés designs and creations as well as for his perfect craftmanship. Until his passing in 1970 Hermann Graber had designed and built over 800 bodies on chassis ranging from Alvis, Aston Martin, Bentley, Bugatti, Duesenberg, Lagonda, Packard, Rolls-Royce to Rover and others. With Hermann Graber`s demise the coachbuilding activity was discontinued, but the mechanical workshop and body shop were carried on by his widow until 1980. From 1980 to 1996 the Graber company was one of a few hand-picked official Ferrari dealers in Switzerland. Futhermore the company was very active in the field of complete restorations of Italian and German sports cars. In 2001 Graber Sportgarage merged with "Oldtimer Reparatur AG" the workshop of Markus Scharnhorst and moved all activities to a bigger and more suitable location in Toffen, near Berne. The main workshop, the showroom as well the head offices are still located in Toffen until today. In 2014 the company opened a second showroom located in the shopping area in Lyssach near Burgdorf in order to get greater exposure of its classic cars it has on sale. In April 2019 the company is happy to have expanded into second, more modern workshop complete with offices and showroom in nearby Münsingen. The new branch will service and repair some of our customer`s classic race cars but will mainly focus on services, repairs and sales of Ferraris of the more recent eras.