1959 Stanguellini Formula Junior Single Seater C500134 (see text)
Lot 707
1959 Stanguellini Formula Junior Single Seater C500134 (see text)
Sold for £18,400 (US$ 28,129) inc. premium

Lot Details
1959 Stanguellini Formula Junior Single Seater
Chassis no. C500134 (see text)
Engine no. 950904
An engineering firm founded in Modena in 1879, Stanguellini, headed by the founder’s grandson Vittorio, began tuning and racing FIATs in the 1930s. 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 propshaft and was powered by a tuned FIAT 1100 engine. The elevation of Formula Junior to international status for 1958 helped swell Stanguellini’s order books, and the cars dominated European racing throughout 1958 and 1959. Up-and-coming drivers that cut their racing teeth on Stanguellinis included Lorenzo Bandini, Ritchie Ginther and Wolfgang von Trips.
Little is known of the early life of this car, and while there is some confusion over its chassis number, tradition has associated it with Juan Manuel Bordeaux, an Argentinian racing driver and protégé of Juan Manuel Fangio. What is known is that the car was procured from Switzerland by the late Rob de la Rive Box for the Donington Collection in 1971. It remained on display at Donington until 1994 when it was acquired by the present owner. The car was progressively restored and competed in historic Formula Junior events during 2000 after which it was initially stored and subsequently loaned to the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu where it was displayed until April of this year. A fine representative of its type, the car is featured in Bernard Cowdrey’s book, Formula Junior the Complete A to Z (see page 97 and dust jacket).
This car, which has been an exhibit in two of the world’s most famous automobile collections, comes with FIA papers and, after careful re-commissioning, should represent an affordable entry into the increasingly popular historic Formula Junior events. Offered with sundry invoices.
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