In the 1930s, Vittorio Stanguellini started modifying Fiats for racing and built his first complete race car in 1947. From then until 1962, he made two to four sport racecars per year.
In 1956, he made two 1100cc cars and two 750cc cars with a body design by Franco Reggiani and built by Compana. This is one of the two 1100cc cars. This car was shipped to the United States in 1957 and sold to Carl Kiekhaefer, owner of Mercury Outboard in Wisconsin. The other 1100cc car stayed in Italy, winning the 1957 Italian National Championship 1100cc class that year.