1939 Maserati 4CL

Maserati 4CL

1939 Maserati 4CL

The Maserati 4CL and its derived sister model the Maserati 4CLT are single-seat racing cars that were designed and built by Maserati.

The 4CL was introduced at the beginning of the 1939 season, as a rival to the Alfa Romeo 158 and various ERA models in the voiturette class of international Grand Prix motor racing. Although racing ceased during World War II, the 4CL was one of the front running models at the resumption of racing in the late 1940s. Experiments with two-stage supercharging and tubular chassis construction eventually led to the introduction of the revised 4CLT model in 1948.

The Maserati 4CL was steadily upgraded and updated over the following two years, resulting in the ultimate 4CLT/50 model, introduced for the inaugural year of the Formula One World Championship in 1950. In the immediate post-war period, and the first two years of the Formula One category, the 4CLT was the car of choice for many privateer entrants, leading to numerous examples being involved in most races during this period.

After the replacement of the factory team’s 4CLs by the new 4CLT, many examples of the older cars found their way into privateer hands. It was owing to the 4CL’s popularity with privateer entrants that many were still being run in top-flight competition at the outset of the Formula One World Championship in 1950.

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Maserati 4CL In Detail

tagsMaserati 4CL
engineSupercharged Inline-4
valvetrainDOHC 4 Valves / Cyl
displacement1490 cc / 90.9 in³
bore78 mm / 3.07 in
stroke78 mm / 3.07 in
power164.1 kw / 220.1 bhp @ 8000 rpm
specific output147.72 bhp per litre
bhp/weightbhp per tonne
body / frameAluminum
driven wheelsFront Engine
front brakesHydrualic Drums
f brake sizemm / in
rear brakesHydraulic Drums
r brake sizemm / in
front wheelsF 43.2 x 8.9 cm / 17.0 x 3.5 in
rear wheelsR 40.6 x 10.2 cm / 16.0 x 4.0 in
curb weight630 kg / 1389 lbs
wheelbase2500 mm / 98.4 in
front track1250 mm / 49.2 in
rear track1272 mm / 50.1 in
length3830 mm / 150.8 in
width1480 mm / 58.3 in
height1100 mm / 43.3 in
transmission4-Speed Manual
gear ratios:1
top speed~235.0 kph / 146.0 mph