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Ilario Bandini was born in Forli Italy a farmer’s son.  He was trained as a mechanic and in 1936 traveled to Africa where he made a small fortune.  He returned to Forli in 1938 and opened his own shop and then a Lancia dealership.  His first racing car, produced in 1946, featured a fiat chassis (which was cut in half in order to avoid it being appropriated during WWII), a tuned Fiat 1100cc engine, and a hand hammered aluminum body by Rocco Motto.  From then on he concentrated on producing purpose built racing cars to compete in races such as the Mille Miglia in Italy and the SCCA series in America.  His biggest success in America came in 1955 (Gandolph Vilardi) and 1957 (Melvin Sachs) when a Bandini Siluro won the SCCA National Class H Modified championship.  Ilario Bandini moved on to the Saponetta "envelope body" racer starting in 1957, these raced with 750cc, 850cc, and 1000cc engines.  In 1959 he produced one of the most successful and beautiful Formula Juniors.  Bandinis won SCCA Class HMod races well in to the mid 1960’s, Alex Vazeos 1955 750cc Twin Cam Siluro was undefeated and won the SCCA Southwest Regional Championship from 1961-1963 and the Mark Brinker Saponetta took 3rd in the National Hmod class in 1961.  Bandini continued to make one off racing cars well into the 1980’s and the great "Drake of Forli" passed away in 1992.  75 Bandini cars were produced and 46 are known to exist in the world today.  Ilario Bandini's Nephew, Dr. Dino Bandini, has honored his Uncles memory by creating the Ilario Bandini Museum in Forli, Italy.

First Bandini

Second Bandini

Third Bandini

Siluro

Formula Three

Zagato Coupe

Saponetta

Formula Junior

Saloncino Coupe

Misc Photos

Bandini Drivers In America

Bandini 1960 Letter


Bandinis on Wiki:

"La Prima" 1100/46 (1946)

1100 Sport (1947–50)

1100 Siluro (1947–49)

750 Sport Siluro (1950–56)

Bandini-Maserati 1500 (1952)

Formula 3 (1954–58)

Berlinetta Zagato (1955)

750 Sport Internazionale "Saponetta" (1957–61)

Formula Junior (1959–62)

1000/62 P (1962–65)

1000 GT (1963)

1000/66 Sport (1966)

Saloncino (1968)

1000/70 V (1970)

Mille S.P. (1972)

1300 16 V I. (1980)

Berlinetta 1000 Turbo (1992)


 

Ilario Bandini in Siluro #358

1964 Green Valley Texas Hugh Grammer

2013 Ville D'Este Alex and Michele

Bandini #358 in its current home in Greece

2002 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

Michele, Trey, Hugh and Jack having a look at #358

2010 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance Cliff Reuter Photos

2009 Keeneland Concours Cliff Reuter Photos

1994 Road Atlanta

2002 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Cliff Reuter Photo 

2000 Concorso Italiano Ron Kimball photo

CLICK HERE TO VIEW MORE PICTURES AND SCCA RACING HISTORY OF BANDNI SILURO DOHC #358

1955 Bandini Siluro 750cc DOHC # 358 Ex T.B. Davis, Hugh Grammer, Ken Jones, Dave Miles, Jack Mays and Jack Reuter; Alex Vazeos collection.  


1952 Vero Beach Chuck Hassan

1952 Sebring Chuck Hassan

 

1952 Grand Island Chuck Hassan

1953 James Riley

1954 Atterbury AFB Sandy MacArthur

1955 Lawrenceville Sandy MacArthur

1959 Meadowdale Clair Reuter 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW MORE PICTURES AND HISTORY OF THE CLAIR REUTER BANDINI SILURO MOTTO CROSLEY DEVIN

Bandini Devin Restoration Pictures 

Bandini Devin SCCA Racing History

Bandini Devin VeloceToday.com Article 1/10/07

1951 Bandini Siluro Motto Crosley Devin Ex Chuck Hassan, James Riley, Sandy MacArthur, and Clair Reuter (owner from 1956-2006); Jack Reuter collection 


2008 Mille Miglia Dino Bandini and Michele Orsi Bandini

 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW MORE PICTURES AND HISTORY OF BANDINI SILURO DOHC #211

1953 Bandini Siluro 750cc Series "Uno" DOHC # 211 Ex T.B. Davis, Jack ReuterDino Bandini collection


(Akitaka Yamaguchi photo)

CLICK HERE TO VIEW MORE PICTURES AND HISTORY OF BANDINI SILURO CROSLEY SCCA HMOD NATIONAL CHAMPION

1954 Bandini Siluro 750cc SOHC Crosley 1955 and 1957 SCCA H Modifed Champion Gandolph Vilardi and Mel Sachs Ex Jerry Greaves; Akitaka Yamaguchi collection


1954 Thompson (photo courtesy of the BARC web site)

1953 Bandini Siluro 750cc Ex Hank Rudkin 2nd in SCCA Hmod Championship 1954


 

 

 

Mark Donohue

1955 Bandini Siluro 750cc Saab Ex Hank Rudkin 2nd in SCCA Hmod Championship 1956, and 1957; Ex Cecil Stockard, Luciano Bonora collection.


 

2010 Cento Miglia

 

 

2009 La Festa Mille Miglia Japan

1954 Bandini Siluro 750cc SOHC Crosley Ex Dave DuBrul; Dr. Norifumi Uryu collection


1952 Bandini Siluro Motto 750cc SOHC Crosley now with Bandini Series "Uno" 750cc DOHC Ex Hector Scheffer, Gransee, and Johnston


 

2010 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance

2010 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance

1957 VIR (Bill King Photo)

 1957 VIR (Harlen Hadley Photo)

1953 Bandini Siluro Ex George Tipsword; Corinna Fendt collection


Jack Reuter Archives

1957 Eagle Mountain

1961 Fort Worth Texas

1954 Bandini Siluro LC Kirby Cadillac Dragster 


Dick Irish photo

Howard Wolery photo

1953 Bandini Siluro MG 1250cc "Uihlein Special" Karl Brocken driver; Dave Uihlein collection 


(Philip Leemans scan)

1955 Trend Books, John McKnight scan

2012 Etceterini.com exclusive

1952 Bandini Siluro Motto Siata 1400cc, Offy 1625cc, and Alfa Romeo Veloce Ex Jim Pauley, Dave Michaels, Mathews, Sinon; Tom O'Brien collection


Beverly Airport Sports Car Races Inaugural July 4th, 1955

1954 Watkins Glen

1954 Thompson (photo courtesy of the BARC web site)

1952 Bandini Siluro 1478cc Ex Roger Merrill, Fanelli, Dowd; 14th in the SCCA National Fmod class in 1954 and 26th in the SCCA National Fmod class in 1955


 

(Bill Giltzow photo)

1959 Bandini Formula Junior #052 Ex Rodger Ward, Dick Baker, and Harvey Siegelman 


2008 Monte Carlo Historics

1959 Bandini Formula Junior #053 T. Robinson collection 2008 Laguna Seca raceway (Jack Reuter photos)


 

2010 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance

2010 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance

2008 Laguna Seca (Jack Reuter photo)

1959 Bandini Formula Junior #054 Ex George Constantine; Hugh Ruthven collection at 2006 Monterey Historics Laguna Seca Raceway


Spike Snyder photo

1959 Bandini Formula Junior as driven by Ken "Wrongway" Williams photos taken at 1968 Hobo Hill, Belvale NY (Bill Giltzow photos)

1959 Bandini Formula Junior #055 Sebring winner, Ex Walter Hotchkiss, Ken Williams, Judge Parker, and Jack Reuter; Tony Pearson collection


1959 Bandini Formula Junior #057 Dino Bandini collection


1959 Bandini Formula Junior Fred Stein collection


 

1957 Bandini Saponetta Dr. Tetsuya Shimoda collection


 

Henk Vasmel photos

1957 Bandini Saponetta 1000cc Ton Ottevanger collection


Bandini Saponetta at 2014 Amelia Island

Bandini Saponetta restored March 2014

1989 St. Louis Sports Car Auction

1961 Marlboro Governor's Cup Race

  1961 Marlboro Governor's Cup Race  

1958 Bandini Saponetta Ex Rudkin, Dave Lang (3rd in the National Hmod class in 1961) and Judge Parker; Mark Brinker collection


1957 Bandini Saponetta #1002A


Mark Mitchell Photos circa 1999

1957 Bandini Saponetta Dino Bandini Collection


1957 Bandini Saponetta Dino Bandini Collection


2012 Bandini Day Forli Italy, Jack Reuter photo

1957 Bandini Saponetta now in Japan


 

2010 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance

2010 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance

1957 Bandini Saponetta Ex Jerry Greaves


Bandini Saponetta, click HERE to view the November 2006 issue of Autoweek magazine article on Saponettas

CLICK HERE TO VIEW MORE PICTURES AND HISTORY OF BANDINI SAPONETTAS


 

1954 Bandini 750cc DOHC Formula 3 (two remaining)

CLICK HERE TO VIEW MORE PICTURES AND HISTORY OF THE BANDINI FORMULA 3


 

1960 Sebring

1955 Bandini 750cc DOHC Zagato Coupe (only one) Ex Jerry Greaves; Dino Bandini collection

CLICK HERE TO VIEW MORE PICTURES AND HISTORY OF  THE BANDINI ZAGATO COUPE


 


Duncan Black 1953 Watkins Glen 

1952 Bridgehampton 

Michele Bandini

 

2010 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance Cliff Reuter Photos

Dick Gent 1951 Watkins Glen September

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE DECEMBER 2008 AUTOWEEK MAGAZINE ARTICLE ON THIS BANDINI

1947 Bandini Fiat 1100cc Ex Pompeo and Dick Gent second Bandini built; Bill King collection


 

1953 Bandini Maserati 1500cc 


 

(Graham Gauld photo February 2008)

(Michele Orsi Bandini photos February 2008)

(November 2010 etceterini.com exclusive photos)

1946 Bandini Motto Fiat 1100cc first Bandini


 

1968 Bandini Saloncino Coupe


 

Bandini 1100 Sport, third Bandini produced and is sadly MIA


 

1954 Sebring

1957 Eagle Mountain Texas Giaur #BT-013 (53), Bandini #211 (54)

1955 Thompson


Etceterini.com list of American Bandini racing drivers:

Chuck Hassan

Beau Clarke

James Riley

Sandy MacArthur

Clair Reuter

Dolph Vilardi

Dick Gent

Mel Sachs

Hugh Grammer

Gordon Wright

Jack Connolly

George Tipsword

Jim Pauley

Tony Pompeo

Henry “Hank” Rudkin

Henry G Fanelli

Harold L Miller

Bob Said

Hector Scheffer

Sheldon Morrill

Norman Christianson

George Parsons

John Norwood

James Eichenlaub

Roy Hopkins

Dave Lang

Ralph Semler

Dave Miles

Paul Richards

Dick Yares

Carles Callanan

John Brooks

K.A. Dormeyer

Max Goldman

M. Schellenberg (1100 Sport)

Johnny Gaeto (Bandini Offy with Devin body)

Alex Raymond (Flash Gordon designer)

Roger Merril

Bob Deschon

C.E. Harkrader

Dave Michaels (Bandini Offy)

Miles Collier

Herb C. Gussin

Arthur Peck (Bandini OSCA)

Earl Dow

William Lilley (1958 July Thompson Race)

Curly Brooks

Tom Waring

John Haas

R.R. Simpson (1955 Delta Region Races)

Siefert Kendall

Karl Brocken

Cecil Stockard

James Sheffield (Lake Garnett Kansas July7, 1962)

Ed Zuhorst (Marlboro April 7, 1963)

Jon Clifton

J. Dunn

James Lang (Saponetta)

L. C. Pessolano

J Dowd

Jerry Titus (FJR)

Neil Babbs (FJR)

George Constantine (FJR)

Dick Thompson (FJR)

Alan Dameron (FJR)

Ray English (FJR)

Rod Kennedy (FJR)

Harvey Siegelman (FJR)

Rodger Ward (FJR)

Lionel R Wier (FJR)

Ken "Wrongway" Williams (FJR)

Roger Penske (FJR tested at 1961 Sebring)

 


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