Giotto Bizzarrini was an Italian automobile engineer from the 1950s through the 1970s.
In 1953, Bizzarrini joined Alfa Romeo as a test driver and headhunted by Ferrari in 1957.
Bizzarrini’s responsibility increased until he became sports car development chief at Ferrari in the late 1950s, working on such notable projects as the Ferrari 250 GTO.
He left Ferrari as part of the ‘Great Walkout’ in 1961; in 1962, he started his own company, Società Autostar; in 1964, the name changed to Bizzarrini S.p.A.
Unfortunately, Giotto was not as talented as a businessman as a development engineer. Bizzarrini S.p.A became bankrupt in 1969.
Mr Ferrari was not the most popular man, especially with his competitors.
There has been a history of less-than-happy people whom the great man has upset with varying consequences.
For example, The development of the Ford GT40, the establishment of Lamborghini and the creation of Monteverdi.
However, Giotto succeeded in upsetting Il Commendatore twice, the Great Walkout and the building of the and success of the Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada and Corsa.
Bizzarrini is back with support from Pegasus Brands, owned by Kuwaiti Rezam Mohamed Al Roumi and has created 24 Bizzarrini 5300GT Corsa Revivals.
Sadly, Giotto died at 96 on 13 May 2023.
Much to the chagrin of Enzo, Giotto Bizzarrini is known as one of the all-time greats of Italian motoring folklore.