1959 Volpini Formula Junior Monoposto  Chassis no. 006

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Lot 156
1959 Volpini Formula Junior Monoposto
Chassis no. 006

£ 65,000 - 85,000
US$ 87,000 - 110,000
Amended
1959 Volpini Formula Junior Monoposto
Chassis no. 006
*Supplied new to the USA
*In-period competition history in the USA
*FIAT engine
*Recently refurbished

Footnotes

  • Italian constructor Volpini first took to the racetracks in the early 1950s as a builder of single-seater racing cars for the then Formula 3. In those days the class used 500cc single-cylinder motorcycle engines, yet despite the success of Italian manufacturers MV and Gilera on two wheels, neither showed any interest in seriously developing suitable engines for cars, and half-litre racing received a cool reception in Italy. Nevertheless, Volpini raced successfully in France and Italy using the Gilera Saturno engine, though with 45bhp on tap compared with the 50-plus of a Manx Norton, the odds were stacked against it if there were any of the British-engined machines in the field.

    When the 500cc Formula 3 was superseded by Formula Junior for 1100cc production-based engines, Volpini not un-naturally turned to FIAT for power. The Formula Junior Volpini was front-engined, its lines being strongly reminiscent of one of the best contemporary Formula 1 cars - the Vanwall - though sadly for Volpini, the success of the mid-engined Cooper had already sounded the death knell for its ilk. Constructed using a ladder-frame chassis, with independent front suspension by means of double wishbones, live rear axle, and coils springs all-round, the handsome Volpini made few concessions to more advanced thinking apart from a lowered transmission line.

    Delivered new to the USA via Beiner Imported Cars Inc, this rare Italian monoposto was subsequently owned by one R Johnson (1975-1979) followed by one M Harrison (up to 1980). It was then exported to the UK. Owners in this country are as follows: R Potter (1980-1990), C Alford (1990), R Tolhurst (1990-1998) and T Gelmini (1998-2008). Restored over time (1980-1998), the car is offered fresh from further refurbishment carried out by Alternative Engineering of Herlev, Denmark, as evidenced by a bill on file for 25,284 Danish krone (approximately £2,940). There is also a dynamometer print out (dated 25.11.2015) showing that the 1,190cc engine produces a maximum of 88.3 PS (87bhp). Offered with FIA papers, this beautiful Volpini is a sure head-turner in any Historic paddock.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note, that the engine capacity is 1,090cc and not 1,190cc as stated in the catalogue. The last time this car was raced was in this years Monaco Historic Grand Prix when driven by Prince Joachim of Denmark it finished in 10th place.
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1959 Volpini Formula Junior Monoposto  Chassis no. 006
1959 Volpini Formula Junior Monoposto  Chassis no. 006
1959 Volpini Formula Junior Monoposto  Chassis no. 006
1959 Volpini Formula Junior Monoposto  Chassis no. 006
1959 Volpini Formula Junior Monoposto  Chassis no. 006
1959 Volpini Formula Junior Monoposto  Chassis no. 006
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