1966 Bizzarrini 5300 GTSOLD

RM Auctions - Automobiles of London - October 31, 2007

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Estimate: 190,000£ - 220,000£
Estimate: €280,000 - €320,000
Estimate: $386,000 - $441,000

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of £257.025

Engine No. 197 FO30430

From the Italian Collector Sig. Giuseppe Prevosti

Specifications:
365hp, 5,359cc, Chevrolet Corvette overhead valve V-8 engine with four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension via wishbones, coil springs, telescopic shocks, and anti-roll bar, De Dion tube, coil spring, hydraulic shocks, longitudinal struts, and anti-roll bar rear suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 96.5in. (2,450mm).

After working for Alfa Romeo, Dr. Ing. Giotto Bizzarrini went to Ferrari, but he was one of many of the company’s personnel to revolt and lose their jobs after the controversial sacking of Ferrari’s sales manager at the end of 1961. As the prime mover behind the 250 GTO and 250 Testa Rossa, Bizzarrini’s pedigree was exemplary and he was quickly asked to design the 350 GT V-12 engine for Lamborghini.

Bizzarrini returned to car manufacturing in 1962 with backing from Dr. Renzo Rivolta. A 2+2 coupé was the first car produced and this was followed by their next project, the 2-seat Grifo. The Bertone design was constructed by Pierro Drogo and was considered one of the stylist’s most stunning creations.

The Iso Grifo became known as the Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada after Rivolta and Bizzarrini ended their collaboration. Convinced of its competition potential, Bizzarrini was soon racing the car with great success. The Bizzarrini Strada had lightweight aluminium bodywork and a fabricated platform chassis, the semi-monocoque body was riveted to the frame for added stiffness, and this, along with excellent weight distribution, resulted in excellent handling. Depending on the engine fitted and its configuration a top speed of up to 180 mph was claimed.

The example offered here, Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada, chassis number IA30247, was acquired several years ago by Giuseppe Prevosti to join his growing collection. It is understood that this car was involved in an accident and was imported to Italy for complete restoration. No expense was spared in ensuring that the restoration, undertaken by marque specialist Salvatore Diomante, was carried out to the very highest possible standard – a fact borne out by the beautiful and very straight condition of the car today.

Finished in a very elegant and sporting combination of silver with black leather interior, this car has been little used since restoration; the paintwork is described as near perfect, and the chrome, trim, and interior are similarly in as-new condition.

Giotto Bizzarrini – the ‘Father’ of the 250 GTO – said of this car, ‘I started with the idea of the Ferrari GTO and set about trying to improve on it.’
Addendum

Please note that the damage suffered in the accident described in the catalog was significant, and that as a result, substantial panel replacement was carried out during the restoration.


Reference Number 12452

as of 8/22/2007

Overview
Car 1966 Bizzarrini 5300 GT
VIN IA30247 
Exterior / Interior Color      Grey /      Black 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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