Tipo 4CM 1100 - 1932 to 1937

Maserati 4CM 1100

The first Maserati single-seater's engineering was derived from that of the 4CTR, yet had been quite considerably and cleverly developed into something much more sophisticated. It also boasted hydraulic brakes with twin pumps and piping which were hugely reliable and much easier to calibrate than the old steel cable system.

The 4CM came third in the 1500 class (first in the 1100 class) in the 1932 Grand Prix at the Nürburgring and went on to achieve brilliant results in other races. A special lightweight version, which weighed just 470 kg, was used by Giuseppe Furmanik to set a whole plethora of class records. Then, in 1936, it was further lightened to a mere 440 kg, while its power was also increased to a not inconsiderable 145 bhp at 6,500 rpm. The last version of the 4CM was produced in 1937 and sported a chassis and bodywork very similar to the 6CM's.

Technical data

0-60 mph
Bodyworkaluminium-bodied single seater
Bore and stroke65x82 mm
Brakeshydraulic drum brakes on the wheels
Brakes front
Brakes rear
Chassisladder frame, with two longitudinal steel girders and cross members
Compression ratio5:1-6:1
Cooling systemwater-cooled, centrifugal pump
Displacements (unitary)
Dry weight1,278 lbs (580 kg)
Enginein-line vertical 4
Engine weight
First race
Front Tyres
Front suspensionleaf springs, friction dampers
Front track
Fuel & lubricant
Fuel feedRoots supercharger
Fuel tank19.80 Imp. gall. (90 litres)
Gear ratios
Height47.24 in. (1,200 mm)
Ignitionsingle-plug, Scintilla magneto
Kerb weight
Length157.48 in. (4,000 mm)
Lubricationdual oil pumps (pressure and scavenge)
Maximum power90-125 bhp at 5,300-6,000 rpm
Maximum torque
Model4CM 1100
One mile
Production dates1932-1937
Production start1932
Quarter mile
Rear Tyres
Rear suspensionleaf springs and friction dampers
Rear track
Steeringworm and sector
Timing geartwo valves per cylinder set in a 90°V, twin overhead camshafts
Top speed90.5 mph (146 km/h)
Total displacement1,088.4 cc
Tyresfr/rear 5.50x16-5.00x17, Pirelli
Weight distribution
Wheelbase94.49 in. (2,400 mm)
Wheelswire wheels, front 4.00x16, rear 5.00x17
Width59.05 in. (1,500 mm)