1959 Stanguellini Monoposto Formula Junior 0 Rosso Corsa 1089 cc inline-4 4-sp
Exquisite!This particular Stanguellini FJ is chassis number 00137, built in June 1959, and was purchased new by a young American named Peter Carpenter, who was traveling in Europe when he discovered Formula Junior racing in late 1958. The car competed throughout Europe during the 1959 and 1960 Formula Junior seasons, earning several impressive finishes for its admittedly amateur owner/driver.
Pete’s Custom Coachbuilding was commissioned to “age” the finish and give it a more period-correct look, including re-creating Peter Carpenter’s #31 “gumballs” on the nose and tail. It now looks very much like an appropriate vintage artifact from the golden age of Grand Prix racing. Sitting on those almost delicate Borrani wire wheels, it is simply beautiful from any angle.
This is the car’s original engine and while it has surely been rebuilt over the years, it remains in original specification and retains most of its original parts, with only service items being replaced over the years. The transmission is a 4-speed manual, also from the Topolino, feeding a live axle rear end suspended on coil springs. The car’s custom tube frame chassis is very visible throughout the engine bay, integrating the Topolino’s front suspension, steering, axle, and drum brakes, all of which were effective yet designed to control costs.