Bandini Automobili

Bandini Automobili was an Italian automobile manufacturer operating between 1946 and 1992. It was named after its founder Ilario Bandini.

Founded in 1946 in Bandini’s hometown Forlì, the first Bandini used a modified Fiat 1100 engine, the body was made from hand hammered aluminum and the chassis from aviation-grade tubular steel. Many other post-war Italian sports car companies followed a similar design. But Bandini’s sharp mind, racing knowledge and his eye for detail ensured that Bandini cars were a force to be reckoned with in Europe and the US.

Interest in America surged when Bandini Siluros, with their screaming 750-cc engines and wildly flared front fenders, won SCCA class championships in 1955 and 1957. His slightly modified Crosley engines became famous thanks their DOHC Bandini heads. Bandini himself continued to race in Italy, including the Mille Miglia, while newer models were being built and developed at the factory. One of these included the new 1957 Sport International "Saponetta". It was a two-seat sports car with a tubular steel frame and room for engines of up to 1.0 liter. The design of the car body was very striking. The smooth lines and petite dimensions gave the car the Italian nickname "Saponetta" (little soap). The Formula 3 car of 1954 had disc brakes on all four wheels, following closely on the 1951 C-type Jaguar. The Zagato bodied Bandini GT raced in Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring. The coupé by Corna was a 1000 cc and the engine was mounted in front.

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Defunct (1992)
Key people
Eng. H.C. Ilario Bandini, founder
ProductsSports cars

Racing history

Ilario divided his time between design and manufacturing of the cars, and as a race driver. He entered and drove his cars in more than 60 races, both hillclimb events and track racing, including the Mille Miglia from 1947 until 1965, achieving 19 first-place finishes and 18 podiums in the 750cc and 1000cc classes.

In the United States, Bandini cars won the SCCA HM class championship in 1955[1] thanks to driver Dolph Vilardi. In 1957 Melvin Sachs won the HM class,[2] one of five Bandini's in the first ten positions. The successes resulted in Ilario being presented with the Gold Key of Daytona and later in 1981 the Laurea H.C. award in mechanical engineering from PRODEO university of New York. In 1959 he produced one of the most successful Formula Juniors. Bandinis won SCCA Class HMod races well into the mid-1960s. A Bandini Siluro won the SCCA Southwest Regional Championship from 1961–1963 and the Saponetta took 3rd place in the National Hmod class in 1961. Bandini continued to make one-off cars well into the 1980s. Ilario, sometimes known as the "great Drake of Forli" died in 1992.

Memorial to Ilario Bandini

Bandini square
Dedication to the great Ilario Bandini
Cover of the book, authors Franco Fabbri and Cesare Sangiorgi.

On 16 November 2002 the city of Forlì, Italy remembered Ilario Bandini who is considered one of the most important Italian constructors of performance sports and race cars. The city dedicated a plaza (town square) to honor his name and the racing cars that bear his name.

Bandini Museum and Register

Since 1992, in Bandini's last workshop, Ilario's family has preserved all documents and collected the most representative cars for display. Ten Bandinis are in the museum and are shown by appointment. 46 Bandinis exist in the world today and are acknowledged by the Register. They are owned from the U.S. to Japan.


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See also


  1. ^ "SCCA Results 1955". Retrieved 1 June 2014.
  2. ^ "SCCA Results 1957". Retrieved 1 June 2014.

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Automobili Stanguellini

Automobili Stanguellini is an Italian maker of small sports cars, based in Modena and founded by Vittorio Stanguellini; it was most active between 1946 and 1960. They continued to produce competition cars until 1981, when Vittorio Stanguellini died; thenceforth, the company devoted to vintage cars.


Bandini as a surname may refer to:

Angelo Maria Bandini (1726–1803), Italian author and librarian

Arcadia Bandini de Stearns Baker (1825–1912), heiress and daughter of early Californian Juan Bandini

Domenico Bandini of Arezzo (c. 1335 – 1418), author of Fons memorabilium universi

Helen Elliott Bandini, American (California) writer, primarily of history

Ilario Bandini (1911-1992), Italian businessman, racing driver, and founder of Bandini Automobili (see below)

Juan Bandini (1800–1859), politician and early settler of San Diego, California

Lorenzo Bandini (1935-1967), Italian motorcar racing driver

Monica Bandini (born 1964), Italian road racing cyclistBandini may also refer to:

Arturo Bandini, the best known main character and alter ego of John Fante

Arturo Bandini, a studio album recorded by Züri West in 1991

Bandini Automobili, an Italian automobile manufacturer from 1946 to 1992, named for its founder, Ilario Bandini

Bandini (film), a 1963 Indian film directed and produced by Bimal Roy, starring Nutan and Ashok Kumar

Bandini (TV series), an Indian television soap by Ekta Kapoor

A type of tankini

Bandini, Iran, a village in Sistan and Baluchestan Province, Iran

Bandini-Maserati 1500

The Bandini-Maserati 1500 is a racing car, produced in 1953 by Bandini Automobili.

In the 1950s, non-exclusive trade agreements between Ilario Bandini and Italian-American Tony Pompeo, provided for the export of cars with no engine to be installed in a second manufacturing process in the United States].

More and more cars like the sport siluro were exported, containing Siata, Offenhauser, Saab, MG and Alfa Romeo engines.In particular this car, which results from the registers Bandini, have been exported on February 15, 1954, was designed and built in 1952 to house the Maserati A6 1,500 cc (92 cu in) engine and run in the category FM League SCCA (Sports Car Club of America). The chronicles record its use by the American drivers Bernhard Vihl, George Parrington and David Michaels and it also raced in the 12 Hours of Sebring in March 1955.

Bandini 1000 GT

The Bandini 1000 GT is a road car produced in 1963 by Bandini Cars of Forlì, Italy.

This road model, the second Bandini Gran Turismo, used the new engine, introduced in the sports cars of the same period, the (1000/62P and Saponetta 1000), detuned to increase reliability and limit interventions review. It was the first Bandini with a five-speed synchronized gearbox. The 1000 GT preserved the traditional front engine rear drive layout. The chassis benefitted from experience with the rear-engined 1000P and uses a design directly derived from the sport that precedes the same system and front and rear suspension. On the front wheels are disc brakes, while the rear drum remain.

The alloy body was designed by a coachbuilder from northern Italy, Corna, that realized a sober but sporting coupé.

Bandini 1100

The Bandini 1100 is a car model produced from 1947 until 1950 by the Italian company Bandini Cars. It was the successor to the early 1946 model. A racing version was produced under the name Bandini 1100 siluro.

Bandini 1100 (1946)

The Bandini 1100, introduced in 1946 by Ilario Bandini, was the first car to wear the Bandini badge. A similar model with the same name was produced afterwards from 1947-1950.

Bandini 1100 siluro

The Bandini 1100 Siluro is a racing car produced from 1947 to 1949 by Bandini Automobili in Forlì, Italy.

The 1100 Siluro was the first Bandini model created expressly for racing. The style and materials were selected for speed, performance and weight-savings. The name Siluro (English: torpedo) was chosen to acknowledge the aerodynamic shape and was thought to be a good omen for the races. Initially, to reduce weight and simplify repairs, they were not even painted.

The 1100 Siluro first participated in competitions in 1949. These included Italian competitions such as the "Giro dell'Umbria" (Lap of Umbria), the "Pescara Circuit", and the "Senigallia Circuit", as well as more important, internationally recognized events, such as Mille Miglia. It was driven by Richard W. Gent at Watkins Glen in the 1951 Grand Prix, introducing the cars to the auto-sports fans of the United States.

Bandini 750 sport internazionale

The Bandini 750 international sport also called simply "Saponetta", is a racing car built from 1957 until 1961 by Bandini Cars.

This new type of car, prepared for the 750 sports category, replaced the "Sport Torpedo". The adjective "International" pays tribute to the merits collected overseas by the 750 sports torpedo, while "Saponetta" (little bar of soap) was its nickname courtesy of Ilario Bandini for its form, similar to that of a simple bar of soap.

As the model which replaced the bar of soap, it was much in demand in the United States where it was used both as auto racing that as "out of range" to be submitted to the streets in the city.

Its debut in racing dates back to Mille Miglia, 1957 led by Bruno Garavini, with a 750 cc (46 cu in) Bandini-Crosley (second series) updated especially in the head (identifiable by the distributor mounted between the two camshafts and the cam covers inclined at 45° with pronounced longitudinal ribs).

The "Saponetta", maintained the characteristics of simplicity and lightness while improving road holding and reducing drag, features which were exploited in motordromes such as the Daytona circuit and the high-speed Monza circuit.

Bandini 750 sport siluro

The Bandini 750 sport siluro (torpedo) is a racing car, produced from 1950 to 1956 by the Italian company Bandini Cars.

Born in 1950, this new type marked the consecration of Bandini as an international challenger in the smaller classes. The 750 sports torpedo brought to Forlì the SCCA H Modified Championship in 1955 and 1957 and the SCCA South-West division championship from 1961 until 1963. They also had many victories in different categories on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

The first Siluros had cycle fenders. Later rules stipulated that cars must have attached fenders so owners simply added aluminum to the fenders and connected them to the body. The Bandini factory then produced them with fully attaching fenders. These fenders could be removed and a tonneau cover placed over the passenger seat which made the cars eligible for the Formula Three open wheeled class.

Bandini Formula Three

The Bandini formula three is a racing car model produced from 1954 until 1958 by Bandini Automobili of Forlì.

This type, produced at the same two-seater sports was born in order to participate in the 750 cc (46 cu in) engine capacity race-only category. This gave birth first to Formula Junior and later Formula Three.

The characteristics that make the Bandini F3 historically important are the unprecedented postponement of box differential and testing of disc brakes on all four wheels. Disc brakes had only recently appeared on racing cars with the advent of the 1951 C-type, which used them to great advantage at Le Mans. The advantages of disc brakes were mainly limited solely to lower unsprung masses as the study of materials of seals of friction had not yet allow evolution that today poses this choice as a solution required the cars allocated to the races. They also helped avoid brake fade.

The box to postpone the transmission instead, a system also used in subsequent FJr. it offered a double advantage: making rapid replacement of differential gears that determine the final drive ratio, (allowing a rapid adaptation to the circuit) and, simultaneously, significantly lowering the driveshaft, which in turn governed the position of the driing seat. This allowed a lowering of center of mass with the consequent improvement of handling.

The racing debut occurred on July 1954 to the third edition of "Luigi Arcangeli Cup", raced on the Forlì circuit.

The same manufacturer Ilario Bandini, classified in second place in the race reserved for "single seater up to 750 cc" valid for the Italian championship.

Bandini Saloncino

The Bandini Saloncino is a racing car, built in 1968 by Bandini Automobili in Forlì, Italy.

The new sports coupé was presented at the "Salone Internazionale dell'Automobile di Torino" (International car show of Turin) in 1968, but its manufacturer Ilario Bandini with irony, given the small size of its Berlinetta and little sympathy for the suffix "-one" (meaning "big"), renamed the Sports Coupé 1000 with the nickname "Saloncino" (little saloon).

The birth of the Saloncino plays an important role in the production history of Bandini, as the company's first sports coupé. It has, under a distinct body, a new front suspension and a chassis, with only similarities to its relative, the 1000/66.

The Saloncino was also the test car for the first downdraught-carburetted 1300 cc engine.

Bandini formula junior

The Bandini formula junior is a racing car model produced from 1959 until 1962 by Bandini Cars in Forlì.

Bandini s.p. 1000

The Bandini 1000 sports prototype is an Italian racing car built in 1972 by Bandini Cars.

This car marked some significant changes in the landscape of production Bandini.

Presented an original color orange, suffered an accident to "Targa Florio", 1972 and in repair, Ilario Bandini decided to change its color in this shade of blue. Today is red and blue.

At the presentation the wheel rims were aluminium Campagnolo, in 1975 were replaced by new Bandini central hub with six to eight races in aluminium and half dismantled. One development is also in the size and position of rear monoplane wing that compared the presentation is moved upward and increased in width.

Ilario Bandini

Ilario Bandini (18 April 1911 – 12 April 1992) was an Italian businessman, racing driver, and racing car manufacturer.

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