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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:08 pm 
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Well, the rare Stanguellini race car has finally arrived at Jim's shop. :D He will be getting it ready for next spring's Pebble Beach event. Lot's of work to do between now and then. :roll:

I will be posting another upcoming event event message soon announcing another meeting at Jim's shop in Bethany CT for those interested in seeing this rare car and just shooting the breeze.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:32 pm 
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:shock: Oh, WOW!

This appears to be one of the (only) two "1957" (built in 1956) Stanguellini 1100cc Spyder racers! This body is by Compana; you can tell by the extended lower "lip" of the grille, and the fins.

In Post-War Europe FIAT made a series of garden-variety chassis for commercial consumption; family sedans, mostly. But with very little effort, those chassis became convertible into extremely good 2-seat sport-racer spyders or coupes. At the same time, FIAT made a basic 1100cc pushrod OHV engine which was stronger than it needed to be for family use. Europeans began using the modified chassis, powered by the modified 1100cc engines, to make little designated-purpose race cars.

Experimenting with the new "aerodynamics" of the day, various coach builders made some wild-looking bodies for these little cars. Europe created an entire race class for cars built around the FIAT 1100cc engines and chassis.

Working alone in his one-man shop, master mechanic Vittorio Stanguellini invented a twin-overhead-cam, hemispherical combustion chambered high-compression head for the 1100cc FIAT engine. It was decades ahead of its time. Experimenting with carburetors and fuel injection, at peak tune he got it to produce almost one BHP per pound (the mythical engineering goal of that era). He reconstructed and lightened the popular FIAT frame using space-frame tubes, designed his own suspension and created a lightweight rolling chassis which was lightyears ahead of any competition. He hired several designers to draw exciting bodies, then commissioned different coach builder firms (some of them not well known) to build the designs. Stanguellini named this the S1100 Bialbero, which means "DOHC" in English. I think it is probably frame #CSO1120.

This car is designed by Franco Reggiani and built by Compana. It was one of only two such cars, of the FOUR (4) sports/racing cars Vittorio released that year...the most he ever released in any single year.

The high-powered, perfectly-balanced, lightweight Stanguellinis became the unbeatable champions in the 1100cc class throughout Europe. In the USA they had to compete in the 1500cc class but, depending upon the drivers present at any given event, still won a lot of races. Porsche killed the little Stanguellinis' victory march by releasing their own race-designated 1100cc twin DOHC engine RS and RSK Spyders. Well-driven Stanguellinis were still competitive against everyone else and repeatedly finished second in their class in the big races (LeMans, Targa Florio, Mille Miglia, etc), but the tiny family business of Stanguellini could not hope to compete with the corporate dollar support of Porsche and (later) Ferrari, Lotus and OSCA (Maserati).

Vittorio Stanguellini stopped making cars in the 1960s. Because he only released btwn 1-to-4 hand-made sportscars a year, each Stanguellini sports/racer is a rare, prized show-stopper. And because they were all ahead of their time and designed only for racing, each individual example has bucketloads of racing history behind it. Big-name drivers during the Golden Age of racing lined-up to race in anything Stanguellini built, making each surviving Stanguellini (of any year or design) a MUST-SEE item for any gearhead able to make the trip.

I will crawl to Jim Kinsella's in the middle of the night in a hurricane to see this car if necessary. I am 100% positive this will be my life's only opportunity to actually touch one which isn't protected by security ropes and guard dogs. I have only ever seen ONE other Stanguellini, and that was from a guarded distance. The priceless engine is probably removed but I don't even care. The Master Vittorio Stanguellini Himself touched that car, and probably every big-named racer in 1950s Europe, as well. Maybe if I donate enough to Jim's retirement fund, he'll let me just sit in the car, have a heart attack and die happily.

https://www.velocetoday.com/wp-content/ ... 0-1957.jpg

https://www.velocetoday.com/a-touch-of- ... continues/
(our car is the very last one shown)

https://www.conceptcarz.com/profile/989 ... -1100.aspx

http://www.stanguellini.it/en/100-years ... 5-to-1950/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automobili_Stanguellini


SAY WHEN!!!!

Frank T


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:30 pm 
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Proof-positive of the Stanguellini importance during the 1950s-'60s:


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File comment: This actual car (#CSO1120?) finished 28th overall, 1st in class at Sebring Mar/57. There were only two made and this one came to the USA. I believe this is the car at Jim's.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:13 pm 
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My bet is that this will prove be frame number CS01120 or CSO1121.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:24 am 
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In 1961, Todd Styles drove (and spun) a 1959 Stanguellini Formula Junior on Route 66.
Starts @0:40

https://youtu.be/eduKnm3AP-U

Stanguellini dominated Formula Junior until the Coventry Climax engine was developed for Lotus and other cars.


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