1959 Stanguellini Formula Junior
This Stanguellini was originally imported by Alfred Momo in New York. The car then passed to Tom Tucker in the U.S. In the mid-1960’s the Stanguellini went to Milt Chapman of California. Records indicate he may have raced the car at Holtville as late as 1972.
Jack McWilliams acquired the car around 1975. The Stanguellini was finished in red, and raced with the number 157. McWilliams competed with the Stanguellini at Holtville and Palm Springs. He also raced it at three or four “Lawrence Welk Hill Climbs” from 1983 through 1986. In 1989, the car was displayed at the San Diego Automotive Museum.
Thereafter the Stantuellini was sold again, and later campaigned in U.S. vintage races in the Northeast during the mid-2000’s. The car was most recently purchased approximately five years ago, and has been maintained as part of a larger collection of historic racing cars since that time.
This Stanguellini is remarkably original after all this time. The car is equipped with its original “pull-cable axle locater and sliding block” rear suspension. It Is powered by a 1089 c.c., 75-80 h.p. engine with twin 38 DCOE Webers. It has the correct 4 speed gearbox, and Fiat 110 rear end. The car also rides on its correct 12” front, and 14” rear Borrani wire wheels.
The Stanguellini currently runs and drives, although it has not seen competition use for some five years. So the car will need a thorough race prep, but otherwise is complete and ready to run.
2016 marks the beginning of the 60th Anniversary (Diamond Jubilee) of Formula Junior racing. There are races and events planned worldwide for these cars, including South Africa, Australia, Europe, the U.S. and many more. The front engine cars are featured at some of the most prestigious of these events, including the Monoco Historique in 2016. The Stanguellini will be eligible for Monaco, and all of the most elite events. It is probably the least expensive ticket to the biggest events world-wide, and easy to transport and maintain. These cars are still a huge bargain, and should probably be snapped up at the earliest opportunity. OSCA Formula Juniors have already been selling at well over $300,000.00. These similar hand built, aluminum bodied, Italian racing cars, , the ones that started Formula Junior, are still available at a fraction of that price, if you can find them.