The story of Bandini Automobili Forlì

The Bandini Automobili Forlì started its car manufacturing business in 1946, and ended it on the 12th of April 1992 with the death of its founder, engineer Ilario Bandini. The emblem represents a rampant rooster and a “caveja” typical of the Emilia Romagna region and symbol of the city of Forlì, placed on a yellow background with the Italian flag delimiting the lower side.

The story of this small car brand blends with Ilario Bandini’s life: pilot, manufacturer and honorary engineer. The business started with the intent of making racing cars, carving out its space particularly in the 750 cm³ displacement category.

It stood out for the ability of making in house frames, two-shaft engines and carbodies, despite the limited capacities and artisan dimension, and restricting to the maximum any collaboration with external companies. As a manufacturer, he contributed to the promotion of Italian style and creativity in the world. It is indeed in the United States of America that Bandini cars achieved the greatest sport success by winning the very popular national championships SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) in 1955 and in 1957 (runner-up in ’54 and in ’58) and those in the South-West region from 1961 to 1963, also competing in world championship for two-seat sport cars.

From the mid 1960s, upon suspending relations with foreign countries, the “Bandini Automobili Forlì” slowed down production but didn’t give up the new challenges brought by modernization, keeping up with the introduction of innovations to its own cars in terms of frames, engines, aerodynamic and style, with the same enthusiasm and passion for racings, peculiarity which reflects the profile of who built them, who lead them to race and who admired them.

The historical register recorded the existing Bandini cars and issued a certificate of originality to the 46 Bandini car owners in the world; a good part of these are in the US, but also in Japan, Germany, UK, Netherlands, Switzerland, Russian Federation and obviously Italy.

To see the produced models, please visit the specific section.


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