Classic Car Catalogue

Maserati 1932



Motor SportApril 1932
Death of Alfieri Maserati.

A GREAT loss to the Italian industry as well as to the sport of motor racing was occasioned by the recent death of Alfieri Maserati, the Bologna motor car manufacturer who in a few short seasons sprang into prominence in direct competition with the leading racing cars of the day. Only forty-five years of age, he fell ill suddenly and died under an operation.
The marque which bore his name was the result of his individual efforts, and was steadily developed by him. He was a fine engineer, and the name of Maserati soon became one which increased the interest of all the classic races, and more than once seriously disturbed the Bugatti and Alfa-Romeo teams by their fine performance.
In September 1929, attention was suddenly focussed on Maserati as a racing marque, when Borzacchini, on a 4-litre car of this make lowered the existing World's record for 10 kilometres at a speed of 153 m.p.h. This was followed up in 1930 by Varzi's victory in the San Sebastian Grand Prix on a 2,300 c.c. model, and in 1931 a team consisting of Ernesto Maserati, the designer's brother, Fagioli and Dreyfus met with considerable success. The first named won the 1500 c.c. class at Tunis, and the Prix Royal of Rome, while Fagioli secured the Monza Grand Prix.
All followers of the sport will join us in offering his brother and those who have worked with him very sincere sympathy.

European Championship Grand Prix victories:

2nd Italian Grand Prix #12 V5 Fagioli

European Championship Grand Prix entries:

  Italian GP 05.06.1932   Result:
No. Model Driver Entrant gen. class  
6 26M Castelbarco Conte L. Castelbarco acc.    
12 V5 Fagioli / E. Maserati Officine A. Maserati 2nd    
18 26M Premoli Luigi Premoli 10th    
40 26M Ruggeri Maserati 8th    
  German GP 17.07.1932   Result:
No. Model Driver Entrant gen. class  
6 26M Whitney Straight Whitney Straight dna    
26 26M Ruggeri Officine A. Maserati fail.    
58 4 CM Ernesto Maserati Officine A. Maserati - 800-1500 3rd
    Prince Demenious Principe Demenious - 800-1500 dna
    Domenico Rosso Cerami Count di Cerami - 800-1500 dna
* Not complete list.
Other GP races:
  Event: Entered: Raced: Finished: Best results:
03.04.1932 Tunis GP 6 4 4 8 8C 2800 Dreyfus 7th  
          14 26M 2.5 de Maleplane 8th  
          44 26 1.5 Joly 9th 1st - voiturette
          38 26 1.5 Veyron 10th 2nd - voiturette
17.04.1932Monaco GP   3 1 36 8C 2800 Fagioli 3rd  
24.04.1932 Prix Royal of Rome         5000 cc Fagioli 1st 3000→ 1st
            2500 cc Castelbarco 7th  
              Tuffanelli   →1100 2nd
              Matrullo   →1100 3rd
24.04.1932 Oran GP           Joly   →1500 1st
              Veyron   →1500 2nd
08.05.1932Targa Florio 4 2 1 8 8C 2800 Ruggeri 5th  
16.05.1932 Nîmes GP           Dreyfus 2nd  
22.05.1932 Avusrennen         2,400 c.c. Kotte 4th  
26.06.1932 Lorraine GP           Veyron   →1500 1st
              Vallette   →1500 4th
24.07.1932 GP du Matin (Dieppe)       1,496 c.c. Antonio 7th →2000 4th
31.07.1932 Nice Circuit Race           Veyron - 1100→1500 2nd
31.07.1932 Coppa Ciano           Cerami   →1100 1st
              Ruggeri   →1100 3rd
              Castelbarco   1100→ 10th
14.08.1932 Coppa Acerbo           Matruelo   →1100 3rd
              Perarrin   →1100 4th
              Fagioli 5th  
17.08.1932 La Baule GP         2,800 c.c. J. de Maleplane 4th  
04.09.1932 Masaryk Circut 3 3 3 28 8C 3000 Fagioli - 1500→ 2nd
          66 26 1.5 Veyron - →1500 2nd
          72 4CM 1100 Ernesto Maserati - →1500 4th
11.09.1932 Monza GP 9 4 3 20 V5 5.0 V-16 Luigi Fagioli 2nd Heat 2: 1st
          38 8C 3000 Amedeo Ruggeri 9th Heat 3: 3rd
          2 8C 3000 Giovanni Minozzi 10th Heat 1: 2nd

8C 2800 at Targa Florio.

5th at Targa Florio: Amedeo Ruggeri in the 8C 2800.

Maserati - Bugatti Speciale (Clemente Biondetti) at Targa Florio.

Other races:
  Event: Entered: Raced: Finished: Best results:
10.04.1932 Mille Miglia   3 1 32 Tuffanelli / Bertocchi 4CTR 1100 cc 20th S→1.1 1st
15.05.1932 Brooklands Lightning Mountain Handicap         W. Straight 2,494 c.c. 2nd -
Motor SportJanuary 1933
The Italian Driver, Ruggeri, killed at Montlhéry on the 16-cyl. Maserati.

For some time it has been known that an attempt on records at Montihery was to be made by the 4 litre 16 cylinder Maserati. On December 6th, the equipe arrived at the French track, the two drivers, Luigi Fagioli and Amedeo Ruggeri, and the head of the Italian firm, Ernesto Maserati.
Practicing was immediately begun, and many laps were covered by both drivers at high speeds, sometimes nearly 140 m.p.h. being recorded. The intention was to go out for the World's Hour Record now held by G. E. T. Eyston on the "Razor-blade " Panhard et Levassor at 130.73 m.p.h., and all world's records between 50 kilometres and 500 miles.
But the attempt was doomed to end in disaster. On Wednesday, December 7th, at about 12.15 p.m., the Maserati got out of control while in the hands of Ruggeri, turned over five times, demolished some fencing, and finished up more than a hundred yards from where it first rolled over. The unfortunate driver was thrown for a distance of 30 yards when the car made its first leap, and struck the concrete track with great violence. One of the first to reach poor Ruggeri, who was terribly injured, was the French driver, Albert Divo, and he immediately set about organising assistance for the Italian. In spite of a doctor being on the spot instantly and rendering first aid, Amedeo Ruggeri had passed away before the ambulance arrived at the hospital, without regaining consciousness.
The accident happened on the west banking of the track, and the car came to rest just beyond the end of the pits. The cause of the disaster will probably never be discovered, but it has been suggested that Ruggeri was holding the Maserati rather low on the banking for the high speed at which he was travelling.
Like many Italian drivers, Ruggeri began his career on motor cycles. In 1921 he first appeared on a Harley-Davidson, but later forsook this for a 1,000 c.c. Indian, a machine with which he several times won the class championship of Italy.
Ruggeri has been buried in his native town, Bologna, and all European racing enthusiasts will condole with the Italian nation and the firm of Maserati on the loss of a very fine driver.