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Baron Emmanuel de Graffenried was the most successful Swiss racing driver of the early post-war years.

He is seen here winning the 300 mile British Grand Prix of 1949.

He began racing in the 1930s and drove Maseratis almost exclusively. His post-war Maseratis painted in the Swiss colours of red and white, were entered by fellow Swiss Enrico Plate.

For the 1949 season Plate took delivery of two Maserati 4CLT/48 Grand Prix cars, which were much slower than the works Alfa Romeo 158, but came close to matching the speed of the new supercharged Ferrari and had better road holding.

In 1952 Plate rebuilt his Maseratis as unsupercharged 2000 cc Formula 2 cars. These cars, known as Plate-Maseratis, were largely unsuccessful, but de Graffenried took third place in the International Trophy at Silverstone.

Plate was killed in Argentina in 1954 whilst standing in front of the pits when he was struck by Daponte's Maserati.

After this de Graffenried's heart went out of racing and he appeared only very occasionally.

De Graffenried - Maserati

Silverstone British Grand Prix
14th May 1949


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Maserati 4CLT/48 Specification (1949)
Engine: 4-cylinder, twin overhead camshaft, twin-stage supercharged 1490 cc (18 x 78 mm) developing 260 bhp at 7000 rpm. Gearbox: 4-speed.
twin-tubular with front suspension by lower wishbone, upper arms and coil springs and rear suspension by rigid rear axle suspended on quarter-elliptic leaf springs. Wheelbase: 8ft 2.5in Front track: 3ft 11.5in. Rear track 4ft l.5in. Unladen weight: 12.68 cwt.