A look at Bizzarrini’s successful designs
Ferrari 250 GTO:
The Ferrari 250 GTO which Bizzarrini worked on before leaving Ferrari was probably his first major successful design. His idea was to combine the chassis from the 250GT SWB and the V12 engine from the 250 Testa Rossa. The design of the body is entirely based on Bizzarrini’s imagination. This car was designed exclusively for racing and is considered to be among the greatest sports cars of all time. Sports Car International named the Ferrari GTO, the top sports car of all time.
1964 was a momentous year for Bizzarrini. Bizzarrini’s A3C Corsa was designed exclusively for the important 1964 Le Mans 24 hours race keeping in focus not only the speed and acceleration that would be required but also the endurance levels. The car finished 14th position overall and was the first in its class. His A3C models competed creditably with major manufacturers in a large number of races like the Paris 1000kms and Ettore Betoja 3 Hour Trophy at Monza usually finishing among the top spots.
5300 GT S/C:
The Bizzarrini 5300 GT that he built after breaking away from the Iso was unique in the sense that it was offered in two variants in the market, the GT Strada and the GT Corsa, also with cross-over features if desired by the customer. These models evolved from their original A3C GT Strada design to become smaller and sleeker with push button handles.
5300 SI Spyder:
The 1966 Geneva Motorshow hosted Bizzarrini’s 5300 SI Spyder with a number of distinct features. With an all-alloy body, body molded seats, retractable head lights and a multifunction roof design which allowed the car to become a Coupe or a convertible, the car was a major success.
VGM Motors, an automobile manufacturer founded in April 2002 in Siziano, Italy debuted a Bizzarrini car at the March 2005 Geneva Motor Show. The company holding the rights to the Bizzarrini name designed a modern version of Bizzarrini GT Strada and called it the Bizzarrini GTS 4.4 V. Fitted with an Alpina-Bizzarrini engine, the car is capable of speeds of over 360km/hr.
The name still lives on:
Biarrini’s name still lives on as an important footnote in any literature on car racing, remembered still by dazzled fans and amazed engineers. His passion and drive to excel in his chosen field made him stand out even among legendary figures of the industry. Giotto Bizzarrini’s car designs were based on the application of his engineering skills, knowledge of aerodynamics, and car aesthetics. His passion for the automobile, its speed and performance, his rigid work ethic and more importantly his wild Tuscan heritage resulted in the creation of fantastic car designs. Bizzarrini’s name is etched deeply not only in the Italian automobile history annals but also in the all-time history of car design and racing.