Bandini 1000 Turbo


You're looking at one of those cars that's just impossible to learn about over the internet. I mean, I suppose most cars are like that, but this one in particular makes me wonder: is it a kick-ass car?

Ilario Bandini's reputation for building small, fast, and light sports cars spans decades, from his first creation, the 1946 Bandini 1100. I suppose the best way to describe Bandini's creations is as like a series of sports cars designed and built by a craftsman.

The 1992 1000 Turbo was Ilario's last full design, and relied upon the company's racing motor, albeit turbocharged. A 1,000-cc inline-4 that's rated for 10,000rpm had a small turbo running at 1.4 bar—likely with the same sort of punch you'd get from the next Honda Civic Type-R. I'd tell you more, but I can't find the car's power rating anywhere—so it's probably safe to say with its low weight of…oh, wait—that's a mystery, too.

He's an engineering genius, however: there's so much to cover through his life and racing career, I'll just direct you to his Wikipedia page. He died shortly after this car was completed—and since all of his cars were built in a garage by a small team, when he died the firm went with it. All of their models were hand built, and are best known for using tiny—and much-modified—Crosley engines to dominate lower classes of racing through the '50s and '60s. Yes, even in the SCCA.

Anyway, the 1000 Turbo is still somewhat of a mystery. I think this is another one of those cars that we'll have to piece together over a number of months. If you know anything about it (or volunteer to track it down) I'll update this story with new information as we learn it…

Oh—I do know one thing about the car: it uses front corner lights from the Volvo 480.