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Italian Grand Prix

Monza, 11 Sep 1949

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Alberto Ascari Ferrari 125 - s/c V12
#8 Scuderia Ferrari (see note 1)
80 2h 58'53.6
105.04 mph
2 Philippe Étancelin Talbot T26C [110 008] 6
#54 P Étancelin (see note 2)
79
3 "B Bira" Maserati 4CLT-48 [1598] - s/c 4
#6 Enrico Plate (see note 3)
77
4 Emmanuel de Graffenried Maserati 4CLT-48 [1601] - s/c 4
#42 Enrico Plate (see note 4)
76
5 Raymond Sommer Ferrari 125 [12C] - s/c V12
#40 Scuderia Ferrari (see note 5)
75
6 Cuth Harrison ERA C Type [R8C] - s/c 6
#44 T C Harrison (see note 6)
75
7 Piero Taruffi Maserati 4CLT-48 [1611] - s/c 4
#52 Scuderia Milan (see note 7)
64
8 Johnny Claes Talbot T26C [110 011] 6
#50 Écurie Belge (see note 8)
62
9 Henri Louveau Maserati 4CL [1580] - s/c 4
#30 Scuderia Milan
59
R Benedicto Campos Maserati 4CLT-48 [1600] - s/c 4
#2 Automovil Club Argentino (see note 9)
56 con-rod
R Eugène Chaboud Delahaye Spéciale [Monoplace] - V12
#28 Écurie Lutetia
50 overheating
R Louis Rosier Talbot T26C [110 001] 6
#10 Écurie Rosier (see note 10)
48 engine
R David Murray Maserati 4CLT-48 [1593] - s/c 4
#24 R Parnell (see note 11)
46 accident
R Pierre Bouillin ("Levegh") Talbot T26C [110 005] 6
#56 P "Levegh" (see note 12)
36 axle
R Franco Rol Maserati 4CLT-48 [1604] - s/c 4
#32 Officine Alfieri Maserati (see note 13)
31 engine
R Guy Mairesse Talbot T26C [110 002] 6
#22 Écurie France (see note 14)
28 accident
R Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 125 - s/c V12
#34 Scuderia Ferrari (see note 15)
27 gear-lever
R Giuseppe Farina Maserati 4CLT-48 [1602] - s/c 4
#4 Scuderia Milan (see note 16)
18 engine
R Felice Bonetto Ferrari 125 [08C] - s/c V12
#16 Scuderia Ferrari (see note 17)
15 head-gasket
R Peter Whitehead Ferrari 125 [10C] - s/c V12
#46 P N Whitehead (see note 18)
10 misfire
R Leslie Brooke Maserati 4CLT-48 [1595] - s/c 4
#36 H L Brooke (see note 19)
8 con-rod
R Reg Parnell Maserati 4CLT-48 [1596] - s/c 4
#20 R Parnell (see note 20)
4 bearings
R Clemente Biondetti Maserati 4CLT-48 [1603] - s/c 4
#26 L de Filippis (see note 21)
2 gave up'
R Nello Pagani,
Luigi 'Gigi' Plate
Plate Special - Talbot s/c 4
#14 L Plate
2 engine
DNS Piero Taruffi Maserati 4CLT-48 [1604] - s/c 4
#32 Officine Alfieri Maserati (see note 22)
Did not start
DNA Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot T26C [110 003] 6
#12 Y Giraud-Cabantous (see note 23)
Did not arrive
DNA Louis Chiron Maserati 4CLT-48 [1606] - s/c 4
#18 Officine Alfieri Maserati (see note 24)
Did not arrive
DNA Eugène Chaboud (4.5 F1) 3-litre Delage D6-3LS 6
#28 Écurie Lutetia
Did not arrive
DNA "Raph" Talbot T26C [110 004] 6
#38 Écurie Mundia Course (see note 25)
Did not arrive
DNA Louis Gérard (F?) Maserati
#48 L Gérard
Did not arrive
DNA Frankie Séchehaye Maserati 4CL [1587] - s/c 4
#58 Enrico Plate
Did not arrive

All cars are 1.5-litre s/c F1 or 4.5-litre F1 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Alberto Ascari (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Ferrari 125 - Ferrari s/c V12 2'05.0
2 Luigi Villoresi (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Ferrari 125 - Ferrari s/c V12 2'05.4
3 Giuseppe Farina (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Maserati 4CLT-48 [1602] - Maserati s/c 4 2'07.8
4 Raymond Sommer (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Ferrari 125 [12C] - Ferrari s/c V12 2'09.8
5 Benedicto Campos (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Maserati 4CLT-48 [1600] - Maserati s/c 4 2'11.8
6 Emmanuel de Graffenried (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Maserati 4CLT-48 [1601] - Maserati s/c 4 2'12.6
7 "B Bira" (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Maserati 4CLT-48 [1598] - Maserati s/c 4 2'13.0
8 Felice Bonetto (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Ferrari 125 [08C] - Ferrari s/c V12 2'13.6
9 Philippe Étancelin (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C [110 008] - Talbot 6 2'13.8
10 Clemente Biondetti (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Maserati 4CLT-48 [1603] - Maserati s/c 4 2'14.0
11 Louis Rosier (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C [110 001] - Talbot 6 2'15.0
12 Franco Rol (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Maserati 4CLT-48 [1604] - Maserati s/c 4 2'16.4
13 Reg Parnell (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Maserati 4CLT-48 [1596] - Maserati s/c 4 2'16.8
14 Pierre Bouillin ("Levegh") (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C [110 005] - Talbot 6 2'17.4
15 Cuth Harrison (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre ERA C Type [R8C] - ERA s/c 6 2'17.4
16 Johnny Claes (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C [110 011] - Talbot 6 2'19.2
17 David Murray (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Maserati 4CLT-48 [1593] - Maserati s/c 4 2'21.4
18 Peter Whitehead (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Ferrari 125 [10C] - Ferrari s/c V12 2'22.8
19 Guy Mairesse (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C [110 002] - Talbot 6 2'22.8
20 Eugène Chaboud (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Delahaye Spéciale [Monoplace] - Delahaye V12 2'23.4
21 Henri Louveau (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Maserati 4CL [1580] - Maserati s/c 4 2'31.0
22 Nello Pagani (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Plate Special - Talbot s/c 4 2'33.8
23 Leslie Brooke (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Maserati 4CLT-48 [1595] - Maserati s/c 4 2'37.8
24 Piero Taruffi (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Maserati 4CLT-48 [1611] - Maserati s/c 4 NT

Notes on the cars:

  1. Ferrari 125 (Alberto Ascari): Two new two-stage supercharged, long-wheelbase Tipo 125s were built for the 1949 Italian GP with the internal designation 'GP49'. These were numbered either 125-C-00 and 125-C-01 or 125-C-01 and 125-C-02 and it is unclear which car Ascari drove. However, it was normal practice that he would have kept the same car thereafter. At Spa in 1950, Ascari's car was fitted with a Tipo 275 (3.3-litre) sports car Lampredi engine. It is not clear whether Ascari's car was even present at the French GP. One of these two 'GP49' cars became the Thin Wall Special while the other was renumbered 0114 and sold to Peter Whitehead for 1951.
  2. Talbot T26C [110 008] (Philippe Étancelin): Talbot-Lago T26C chassis '110 008' was Philippe Etancelin's car in 1948 and then passed to Jean Achard November 1950. Achard moved to Brazil, taking the car, and sold it there to Pinheiro Pires who raced it in Brazil from 1951 to 1954. Remains to UK via Colin Crabbe in the 1980s and then via other UK owners to Tony Bianchi c1999. Has been raced in historics up to 2005.
  3. Maserati 4CLT-48 [1598] ("B Bira"): Maserati records show this car going to 'B. Bira' 23 Sep 1948. Bira raced 1948 British GP, 1949 Argentine Temporada and 1949 European season. Retained 1950 being used as Platé team car from Pescara. Raced by Harry Schell for Enrico Platé in 1951 then becoming one of two cars extensively rebuilt as Platé-Maseratis for 1952. Probably raced by Giovanni de Riu in F2 in 1953. Then sold via de Graffenried to 20th Century Fox for film work and then acquired by Tom Carstens (Tacoma, WA). Subsequent history unknown.
  4. Maserati 4CLT-48 [1601] (Emmanuel de Graffenried): To Enrico Platé for 1949 (dated 7 Mar 1949 in Maserati records) and driven by Emmanuel de Graffenried. Continued as de Graffenried's well-used car through 1950 and 1951. Probably one of two cars extensively rebuilt as Plate-Maseratis for 1952. Probably raced by Ottorino Volonterio in F2 in 1953. Sold with the sister car (probably 1598) by de Graffenried to 20th Century Fox for film work then sold again via Tom Carstens (Tacoma, WA). Subsequent history unknown.
  5. Ferrari 125 [12C] (Raymond Sommer): One of two works 125s built for the start of 1949, 12C was also used as a F2 car early in the season. It may be the car used by Sommer in 1950 but as it had been rebodied, it is not possibly to identify. It may be the car renumbered #0104 and sold to Peter Staechelin for 1951.
  6. ERA C Type [R8C] (Cuth Harrison): Built in 1938 using mechanical parts from R8B and raced by Earl Howe 1938 and until a crash in the 1939 International Trophy. Then to Reg Parnell for 1946, Cuth Harrison from 1947 to 1951, Brian Shawe-Taylor 1951 and 1952; then a chain of other owners until acquired in 1977 by Bruce Spollon. Rebuilt to correct C-type specs and raced from 1981 to 2003.
  7. Maserati 4CLT-48 [1611] (Piero Taruffi): Listed in Maserati records as going to Officine A. Maserati 7 Mar 1950 and then Scuderia Milan. Used by Milan for second Milan (Speluzzi)-engined 4CLT and raced in 1950 (for Bonetto at Monza and Godia at Barcelona) and 1951 (Marimon at Reims and Landi at Albi). Subsequent history unknown but one of the Milan-Maseratis is owned by Doreen Fielding in Scotland.
  8. Talbot T26C [110 011] (Johnny Claes): Talbot-Lago T26C chassis '110 011' was Johnny Claes car in 1948-50 and then sold to Duncan Hamilton (and Fotheringham-Parker) and raced 1951-53. Stored in France until 1955 when Hamilton sold it to Allan Freeman in New Zealand who raced it through to 1961. It was bought by Joe Hepworth in 1963 and returned to England; then via other UK and French owners until sold to Bernie Ecclestone 1996. Retained 2002.
  9. Maserati 4CLT-48 [1600] (Benedicto Campos): Built in 1949 for Automovil Club Argentina and raced by under the ACA's "Scuderia Achille Varzi" banner Malusardi and Benedicto Campos. Raced in 1950 by Jose Froilan Gonzalez and then 1950-52 by other ACA drivers in South America. Reportedly to Venezuela then via US, Japanese and further US owners to 1996. Owned by Jean-Louis Duret from 1996. Retained 2000.
  10. Talbot T26C [110 001] (Louis Rosier): Talbot-Lago T26C chassis '110 001' was raced by Louis Rosier from 1948 to 1950 and then under the Ecurie Rosier banner by Pozzi in 1950; by Henri Louveau and Louis Chiron in 1951; and by Giraud-Cabantous, Chaboud and Mairesse in 1952. It was acquired by the Musée Henri Malatre at Rochetaillé, France, in 1956 and was still on display in 1990.
  11. Maserati 4CLT-48 [1593] (David Murray): Shown in Maserati records as Alberto Ascari's early 1948 car. To Reg Parnell 1949 for Fred Ashmore then raced in 1950 by David Hampshire and others as part of Scuderia Ambrosiana. Then David Murray's car for 1951. Crashed in practice at the Nürburgring for the 1951 German GP and not seen again.
  12. Talbot T26C [110 005] (Pierre Bouillin ("Levegh")): Talbot-Lago T26C chassis '110 005' was raced by 'Levegh' from 1948 to 1951 and by Grignard once in 1951. Retained by the works until it was sold to Otto Zipper in the US in 1957. Then to the Briggs Cunningham museum via two other US owners to Tony Wang 1988.
  13. Maserati 4CLT-48 [1604] (Franco Rol): Maserati records state that this car went to Franco Rol 8 Sep 1949. Raced by Rol through 1950 until Rol's crash at Pedralbes 29 Oct 1950. Then raced by Adolfo Macchieraldo 1952-54. To USA, where Marguerite Morgan entered 1957 Indianapolis 500 but driver Danny Kladis failed to qualify. Reappeared in the US in 1965 then via a chain of US, UK, Australian, South African and German owners up to 2002. Owned by Wolf-Dieter Baumann from 2002. Raced by Thomas Steinke 2007 Goodwood Revival but possibly still owned by Baumann.
  14. Talbot T26C [110 002] (Guy Mairesse): Talbot-Lago T26C chassis '110 002' was raced by 'Raph' and Eugene Chaboud in 1948 and Paul Vallee and Guy Mairesse in 1950. Owned by Mairesse 1950-51; also raced by Giraud-Cabantous 1950; by Jean Blanc and Levegh 1952; and by Etancelin in 1953. In late 1953, Vallee sold the car to Doug Whiteford in Australia to replace his existing chassis '110 007'. Whiteford was surprised to discover that he'd bought an earlier model and it was 1955 before the car raced in Australia. It was sold to Ralph Snodgrass in 1956 but crashed badly at Mt Druitt in 1957. Snodgrass retained the car until 1980 when it was sold to Reg Hunt who restored it for historic events. Retained by Hunt until sold to Ron Towney in 2006.
  15. Ferrari 125 (Luigi Villoresi): This car was one of the new two-stage supercharged, long-wheelbase Tipo 125s built for the 1949 Italian GP and now known to have had the internal designation 'GP49'. These were numbered either 125-C-00 and 125-C-01 or 125-C-01 and 125-C-02 and it is unclear which serial applies to the car that Villoresi drove. However, it is probable that he had the same car throughout. Villoresi's car was fitted with a Tipo 275 (3.3-litre) sports car Lampredi engine at Albi. At the French GP, Villoresi was to have a 275 engine but it's not clear whether his car was even present. One of these two cars became the Thinwall Special while the other was renumbered 0114 and sold to Peter Whitehead for 1951.
  16. Maserati 4CLT-48 [1602] (Giuseppe Farina): Maserati records show this car going to Nino Farina on 15 Jun 1949. Raced by Farina in 1949 and used as a spare car in 1950 Argentine Temporada series. Note that the 1602 chassis plate appears to have been used on 1609.
  17. Ferrari 125 [08C] (Felice Bonetto): This 125 was built for the 1949 season and first appeared as a F2. It was rebodied for 1950 and is therefore hard to identify but may be car raced by Dorino Serafini in 1950. It may then be the car that appeared in Argentina early 1952, possibly renumbered 0108.
  18. Ferrari 125 [10C] (Peter Whitehead): Peter Whitehead bought 10C new for 1949 and used it through 1949 and 1950 before buying a newer ex-works 125. This car was raced by Dobson in 1951 and later sold to David Murray. Whitehead later bought a 1949/50 LWB Tipo 125 renumbered 0114; it is this latter car that spent many years in the Donington Collection.
  19. Maserati 4CLT-48 [1595] (Leslie Brooke): Maserati records show this car going to Leslie Brooke 29 Aug 1948. Raced by Brooke through 1948, 1949 and 1950 and by Claes, still under Brooke's ownership, at Goodwood Sept 1951. Then George Weaver in the US in 1952. In the 1980s the car passed from Virginia Weaver via UK and German owners to 1998. Owned by Wolfgang Wegner-Bscher (Germany) from 1998.
  20. Maserati 4CLT-48 [1596] (Reg Parnell): Maserati records list this as Reg Parnell's car dated 14 Sep 1948. Raced by Parnell from 1949 to 1951, under the Scuderia Ambrosiana banner in 1950 and 1951, also by Hampshire in 1951. Sold or leased to Bobby Baird mid-1951 and then sometime after 1952 sold to Count Johnny Lurani. Lurani sold it in 1955 to Pat Hoare in New Zealand where it raced until the mid-1960s and then spent many years in the Queenstown Motor Museum. It was sold in 1982 and returned to Europe in 1989. Sold at auction a number of times in the late 1980s and 1990s. Owned by Max Lustenberger (Switzerland) from 1999. Retained 2004.
  21. Maserati 4CLT-48 [1603] (Clemente Biondetti): According to Maserati records, this car went to Luigi de Filippis 8 Sep 1949 and was then driven by Clemente Biondetti 1949 Italian GP and in 1950 races by both de Filippis and Biondetti. Subsequent history unknown.
  22. Maserati 4CLT-48 [1604] (Piero Taruffi): Maserati records state that this car went to Franco Rol 8 Sep 1949. Raced by Rol through 1950 until Rol's crash at Pedralbes 29 Oct 1950. Then raced by Adolfo Macchieraldo 1952-54. To USA, where Marguerite Morgan entered 1957 Indianapolis 500 but driver Danny Kladis failed to qualify. Reappeared in the US in 1965 then via a chain of US, UK, Australian, South African and German owners up to 2002. Owned by Wolf-Dieter Baumann from 2002. Raced by Thomas Steinke 2007 Goodwood Revival but possibly still owned by Baumann.
  23. Talbot T26C [110 003] (Yves Giraud-Cabantous): Talbot-Lago T26C chassis '110 003' was raced by Joseph Chotard in 1948 and Yves Giraud-Cabantous in 1950 before being rebuilt as '110 053'
  24. Maserati 4CLT-48 [1606] (Louis Chiron): Shown in Maserati records as going to Louis Chiron in Monte Carlo 21 Sep 1949. Raced by Chiron through 1950 then to Toni Branca for 1951 and then de Walckiers (who entered Steve Watson and Pilette) for 1952. Reappeared Italy 1960s then via chain of Italian, Belgian, Swiss, German and French owners to 1998. Owned by Bernie Ecclestone from 1998.
  25. Talbot T26C [110 004] ("Raph"): Talbot-Lago T26C chassis '110 004' was entered by Peinetti for Gianfranco Comotti in 1948 and went to Argentina in 1952. Sold to Pablo Ciscar for 1953 and continued to race in Argentina, later acquiring a Chevy V8. Via a chain of Argentinean, UK, French and US owners up to 2001. Auctioned by Bonhams in 2003.

Sources

The identification of individual cars in these results is based on the material presented elsewhere in this site and may in some cases contradict the organisers' original results.

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