1951 to 1957

By then, Vittorio was totally taken up with the sales activities, sports activities, the transformation of frames for small and medium-sized vehicles, and with the production of engine bench-tests. The work of his inseparable collaborators Renato Cornia and Franco Goldoni was valuable. Engineer Alberto Massimino was a skilful technical prompter, while Vittorio's extrovert designer and craftsman friend Franco Reggiani came on board the chassis line. The twin-camshaft engines strengthened the image of the winning Stanguellinis world-wide. In 1957, the Americans Behm, Haas and McArthur gained a resounding victory in the 12 Hours of Sebring race. A curious piece of information: the owner of Mercury bought a 750 and after racing for a year replaced the original twin-camshaft engine with a two-stroke overboard to show the quality of his company's product. The Stanguellini name had become famous and its shop had become the destination of fans' visits, as explained by Guido Piovene in his 1956 work Viaggio in Italia, "Stanguellini the transformer... transforms ordinary Fiat cars into racing cars. An industry of calculation and precision, Stanguellini's industry consists above all in making cars lighter, ... he bores holes in everything he can, and removes material to take off weight; it is a strange shop in which people pay twenty thousand Liras for every reduced kilo." The famous sports journalist Gianni Marin finished an article about the Modenese "magician" as follows, "There will be people who may not bother climbing to the top of the Ghirlandina or admiring the "Stolen Bucket" when they pass through Modena, but if they are sports fans it will be absolutely impossible for them to miss popping in to Stanguellini and making a short visit to the "Courtyard of Miracles" (which his shop is known as)."