Maestro Moss nursed the car home with wrecked tyres to take a superb and unexpected victory – the first for a rear-engined car in the World Championship. Four of the five points-scoring finishers all managed 80 laps, Moss’s closest challenger – Luigi Musso’s Ferrari – less than three seconds behind.
The writing was on the wall, though, although not everyone could read it on that hot day in 1958. Moss duly returned to Vanwall for the remainder of the season and with three more wins finished a single point behind Hawthorn in their battle for the crown, but it would be the last year in which a driver in a front-engined car would win the title.
The rear-engined revolution that started in Argentina on that hot January day would soon become the norm.
Argentinian GP, 1958
1. Stirling Moss (GB) – Cooper T43-Climax, 80 laps
2. Luigi Musso (I) – Ferrari 246, 80 laps
3. Mike Hawthorn (GB) – Ferrari 246, 80 laps
4. Juan Manuel Fangio (RA) – Maserati 250F, 80 laps
5. Jean Behra (F) – Maserati 250F, 78 laps
Photographs courtesy of LAT