22 April 2022
Bizzarrini S.p.A. was an Italian automotive manufacturer in the 1960s founded by former Alfa Romeo, Ferrari and Iso engineer Giotto Bizzarrini.
Giotto Bizzarrini was a genius designer and vehicle builder who started automotive design at Alfa Romeo before moving to Ferrari in 1957. There he played a considerable role in developing the iconic Ferrari 250 GTO.
It is reported that the 5300 GT was designed to settle a score with Enzo Ferrari.
The company built a small number of highly developed and advanced sports and racing automobiles. Notable models include the 5300 GT Strada, 1900 GT Europa and the P538S. The 5300 was the most successful.
Designed and built by Giotto Bizzarrini in 1965, the 5300GT was a racing version of the Iso Grifo A3/C, which won the 5-litre Class at the 1965 LeMans 24 hour race and placed ninth overall.
Bizzarrini started the company that would wear his name in 1964; sadly, it failed in 1969.
The historic Bizzarrini brand has been revived in the UK and is poised to release a perfectly replicated 5300 GT sports racing car from 1965.The Bizzarrini 5300 GT Revival Corsa.
The company produced 133, 5300 GTs and achieved a class win at Le Mans in 1965. Only 24 Bizzarrini 5300 GT Corsa Revival are to be built.
The engine is a Chevrolet V8, producing 400 hp and set back as practical, thereby providing outstanding weight distribution with a quarter of the weight on each corner of the motor car.
The body shell is manufactured in total carbon fibre; the current engineers believe Giotto would have used this composite had it been available then; his car used fibreglass. The new car weighs in at only 2,755 pounds.
Bizzarrini will make available a body shell built to the 1965 regulations in fibreglass if required.
The painstaking recreation of the original, the Bizzarrini 5300 GT Corsa Revival, is now undergoing endurance testing before production.
The first deliveries are in May; no pricing information is available.