The Stanguellini is the most successful Formula Junior car ever built. It dominated Formula Junior in its first two years, 1958 and 1959, racking up over 40 national, and international, victories, plus several major championships including the 1958 and 1959 Italian Championships, and the inaugural 1959 International Formula Junior Championship. The Stanguellini was designed by Ing Alberto Massimino, who modeled it after his famous Maserati 250F Formula One car. Many consider this car to be one of the most beautiful Formula Juniors ever constructed. It also launched the careers of Ferrari Grand Prix drivers Wolfgang Von Trips, and Lorenzo Bandini. Another Ferrari Formula One driver, Richie Ginther, also met with success racing a Stanguellini.
By the mid-1950’s Victorio Stanguellini was already a builder of successful sports cars. He then decided to build a new car for the new 1958 Italian National Championship. He commissioned Massimino to design the car, and had his good friend, Formula One ace Juan Manuel Fangio, undertake the testing of the new car.
The Stanguellinis were powered by the Fiat 1098 c.c. engine with two twin choke Weber 40 DCOE carburetors. Power was originally transmitted through a Fiat 4 speed gearbox. A five speed gearbox was optional in the later cars. Brakes were 9.8 inch Fiat drum brakes, which were inboard at the rear. Suspension was independent at the front with coil springs. At the rear the car had a live axle rear end with coil springs located with parallel trailing arms. The wheels were the classic 12 inch Borrani wire wheels. The body was fabricated in lightweight aluminum by Carrozzeria Gransport of Modena.
In 1958, Roberto Lippi became the Italian National Champion in a Stanguellini. In 1959, Raffaele Cammarota won the Italian National Championship racing a Stanguellini. Swiss driver, Michael May, also claimed the International Formula Junior Championship in 1959, racing a Stanguellini.
Below are results from some of the more significant races in 1959 showing Staguellinis capturing all three podium positions.
1st: Roberto Bussinello
7th Vigorelli G.P.
1st: Roberto Bussinello
3rd: Michael May
3rd May 6th
Coppa St. Ambroeus
1st: Nino Crivellari
3rd: Michael May
9th May 1st
1st: Michael May
Coppa Monza Junior
1st: Juan M. Bordeu
1st: Fritz D’Orey
Coppa d’Oro de Sicilia
1st: Raffaele Cammarota
1st: Lorenzo Bandini
The Stanguellinis also won a further nineteen major races in 1959, including four in the United States with cars driven by the likes of Walt Hansgen and Briggs Cunningham. Stanguellinis captured the top seven positions at Sebring in 1959.
The 1959 Stanguellini offered here is the 1959 Italian National Championship winning car owned and raced by Raphaele Cammarota. It is chassis number 00132. It was one of the two Scuderia Bardahl team cars, the other being Roberto Lippi’s, chassis number 00124. Both cars were prepared by Ciaffi of Roma and were sponsored by the lubricant company, Bardahl.
Cammarota’s 1959 results in the Stanguellini are set forth below.
XVII Gran Premio di Napoli
VII Ore Automobilistiche Esso
II Gran Premio di Pergusa
1st (Fastest lap)
II Coppa Junior, Monza
I Gran Premio di Messina
3rd (Fastest lap)
VIII Coppa d’Oro di Sicilia
1st (Pole position, fastest lap, beat Lorenzo Bandini and captured Championship)
Some 40 years later, concours Italian race car restoration shop, Epifani Restorations of Berkeley, California undertook a meticulous six year restoration of Cammarota’s Stanguellini. The car was then sold to Terry Burke. Burke raced the car in historic racing on the U.S. East Coast. During this time the car was maintained by KTR European Motorsports out of Ayer, Massachusetts.
The car was next acquired by its current owner. The engine has just been rebuilt with new Venoshia pistons and new Carrillo rods. It has run only one race since completion, the Wine Country Classic on June 4, 2006, at Infineon Raceway (Sears Point). The Stanguellini finished third in the front-engined class. It is in excellent condition, as can be seen by the current photos.
This car comes with a VSCCA logbook and has been accepted by Classic Sports Racing Group (CSRG). It is eligible for all FIA races and would be an excellent entry for the Monaco Historique, or any major Formula Junior event anywhere in the world.