Ansaldo, 1924, 4/CS

Ansaldo “4/CS ”, 1924

Ansaldo Automobili, a branch of S.A. Gio. Ansaldo in Genova, was founded in 1918 and survived with different names until 1945.

The 4 CS is the sports version of the 4 model, launched in 1919, and contribute significantly to build the success of Ansaldo as a sports car manufacturer.

The car shown in the museum was purchased new by Ettore Mayr, Ansaldo dealer for the Trentino area: his car had to be, as a demonstration vehicle, faster than the series production cars. Mayr, after visiting the factory to choose his car, confessed his sports leanings and so had the cylinder head slightly tuned to add a few more horsepower to his 4/CS. The tuning, together with the stock short 3-speed gearbox, allowed him to cover the flying kilometre, measured by the Automobile Club of Trento, at 119 kph and win several races, such as the 1925 Trento-Bondone hill climb race.

Car owned by ETTORE MAYR from Trento, Ansaldo dealer at the time

Many historic photos of Mayr on the Ansaldo are kept in our Archive.

  • 13th May, 1926Gilberto Mayr participated at the 2nd Trento-Bondone and winning the race. Co-driver Dario Sicher.
    On the Trento-Sardegna route, 4.6 km with a drop of 292 meters – average speed: 45,619 kph
  • In 1926/1927 Ettore Mayr participated with his wife at the Trento regularity race with the Ansaldo.
  • In 1958 Mayr participates at the Celebrazioni dell’Automobilista in Verona.
  • In 1959 Mayr participates at the VIII Trofeo Supercortemaggiore near Cortina, the most important event for the number of participating cars. See the VIDEO at min 0:50
  • In the 70s took part in the movie “Arizona”
  • 1978 1° Raduno della Valpolicella, Trofeo Bruno Smaniotto, Verona.
  • 1979 brought to the Fiera di Padova
  • 1980 used in a shooting for one of the most important magazine of the time, Le Coiffure.
  • 1981 3° Sicilia dei Florio, driven by Luciano Nicolis, finishing in 11th place.
  • 1983 60th anniversary of the Circuito del Savio, Luciano Nicolis and Renate finished 2nd.
  • 1998 took part at the event dedicated to Siegrfried Marcus, Fahrt in Vienna.
  • 2014 participates to Nel segno del Cavallino Rampante, Museo Caproniexhibition in Trento


Marque: Ansaldo
Model: 4 CS
Power: 48 bhp at 3000 rpm
Speed: 110 kph
Length: 3910 cm
Width: 1590 cm
Height: 1750 cm
Year: 1924
Marque: Ansaldo
Type: Torpedo
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