|Full name||Monteverdi Basle Motoren
Monteverdi Basle Mantzel
|Noted drivers||Peter Monteverdi|
|Formula One World Championship career|
|Debut||1961 German Grand Prix|
|Races competed||1 (0 starts)|
|Final race||1961 German Grand Prix|
Monteverdi built his first single-seater racing car, a Formula Junior, in 1960, with the help of DKW engine expert Dieter Mantzel. The car was designed to be able to accommodate a 1.5 litre engine to suit the contemporary Formula One regulations.
For 1961, two MBM chassis were constructed, and fitted with Porsche Flat-4 engines, and initially driven in hillclimbs by Monteverdi himself. He then entered one of the cars in the 1961 Solitude Grand Prix, a non-championship Formula One race. Unable to set a representative time in practice, Monteverdi lined up on the grid at the back of the field, and retired with engine failure after just two laps. This car was subsequently written off in an accident at Hockenheim, and Monteverdi buried the wreckage, deciding against continuing with the project. He had entered the car for the 1961 German Grand Prix but this entry was withdrawn after the accident.
The other chassis was later exhibited in Monteverdi showrooms. Some sports cars, the MBM Special, Tourismo, and MBM Sports were also built in very limited numbers before Monteverdi began building cars under his own name in 1967.
Complete Formula One World Championship results
Complete Formula One non-championship results
- David Hodges, "The A-Z of Grand Prix Cars", Crowood, 2001, p.154
- John Thompson, "The Formula One Record Book", Leslie Frewin Publishing, 1974. pp. 40-41