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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

1958 STANGUELLINI - FIAT - Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais BONHAMS 5/2/15

Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
5 Feb 2015, starting at 10:30 CET 
 Stanguellini-FIAT Sport 1958
1958 Stanguellini-FIAT Sports
Chassis no. 395632

An engineering firm founded in Modena in 1879, Stanguellini, headed by the founder's grandson Vittorio, began tuning and racing FIATs in the 1930s, enjoying considerable success. After WW2 the company branched out into the manufacture of its own sports and racing cars, embracing the new Formula Junior when the latter commenced in Italy in 1957. Juan Manuel Fangio tested the prototype in Modena, after which Stanguellini became the first manufacturer to commence volume production. Styled like a Maserati 250F, the Stanguellini employed a tubular ladder-frame chassis that offset the driver to the left to clear the prop-shaft, and was powered by a tuned FIAT 1100 engine. Stanguellini dominated European racing throughout 1958 and 1959. Up-and-coming drivers who cut their racing teeth on Stanguellinis included Lorenzo Bandini, Ritchie Ginther and Wolfgang von Trips.

This charming Stanguellini two-seat sports car is powered by a four-cylinder FIAT engine displacing 1,089cc. Little is known about it other than the fact that it was restored (at date unknown) by its recently deceased Belgian owner. The car is described as in generally good condition and offered with FIVA Identity Card and Belgian Carte Grise.

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