Antonio Stagnoli was a successful Italian sports car driver, responsible for the first collaboration between Ferrari and Zagato, he was killed on first stage of the 1953 Carrera Panamericana driving a Ferrari 375MM Pinin.
Antonio Stagnoli was born in Brescia, Italy was the Piaggio motor scooter concessionaire for Brescia.
Stagnoli requested that Zagato re-bodied his Ferrari 166MM (0018M). It was the first Ferrari-Zagato collaboration. It was also Ferrari's first coupe, called the Panoramica, it had Plexiglas windows that curved with the roof. The car debuted in the Circuito di Senigallia in 1949.
In 1950 he won the Coppa Inter Europa and the Circuito Senigaglia but retired from the Mille Miglia driving the 166 MM. He won the Parma-Poggio di Berceto and the Aosta-Gran San Bernardo hillclimbs. In mid August he had the car rebodied by Zagato as a Spyder and won the Circuito di Senigallia.
He became a Ferrari sports car works driver in 1951 and driving the 166 MM, he won the Coppa d'Oro di Sicilia. He took a class win and third overall in the Coppa della Toscana driving with Ivo Regosa and followed that up with wins in the hillclimbs at Varese-Campo dei Fiori and Bolzano-Mendola. He finished 3rd in the Circuito di Senigallia but retired from the Targa Florio. He sold the car at the end of the year
In the 1953 Mille Miglia he finished second in class driving an Alfa Romeo 1900TI with Mario de Giuseppe.
He was killed during first stage of the 1953 Carrera Panamericana from Tuxtla Gutiérrez to Oaxaca in the town of Tehuantepec, Mexico. He was driving a Scuderia Guastalla Ferrari 375MM Pinin (0318AM) when a tyre burst causing the car to leave the road at about 240 kph. The car rolled several times before bursting into flames. His co-driver, Scotuzzi, was killed on impact. Stagnoli was taken to hospital in Oaxaca where he succumbed to his injuries early the next day.
In the same race Felice Bonetto lost his life two days later.