Classic Driver Dealer: Euro-Classics USA
Having always had a love of old cars, especially Ferraris, it was an easy transition for David Gizzi of Euro-Classics to combine his knowledge of the collector car market with his formal business training and experience of marketing for US Fortune 100 companies in America and Japan.
Born in that country - and a fluent Japanese speaker - David Gizzi has not surprisingly developed an extensive number of contacts in that market, having sold many significant cars including 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO #3223 (the very first chassis, and class-winner at Daytona in ‘62). He moved to Tokyo for the first half of 2005 as an executive of EA (Electronic Arts, the largest software/videogame producer worldwide) to restructure their Japan business, having already worked for various software/technology firms in Silicon Valley, northern California, from 2000 - 2005.
Amongst his inventory at the moment is a road-going 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 but it was in an ex-Scuderia Filipinetti '275 (a 275 GTB/C to be precise, the Le Mans 24 Hours GT class winner in 1967 and also the Spa class winner in 1969. It ran at Le Mans three times in total!) that David entered at Pebble Beach this year – having completed the Pebble Beach "Tour d'Elegance" before Sunday’s serious judging on the world famous Golf Club ‘lawn’.
David explains the recent history of this car, “I first sold it to a very good client in Japan in early 1998, when it was still in Italy, then resold it in early 2005 to another client.
In early 2006 I had the opportunity to acquire this Le Mans class winner, brought it to the USA, then commissioned Richard Freshman’s Fossil Motorsports to coordinate the restoration back to as-it-ran at Le Mans configuration via the expertise of TSR restorations in Sonoma California. After entering it in the M2 Competition Ferrari class at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance this August, I was elated to take 2nd place!
“All of us involved with this special Le Mans winning Ferrari were all elated with this placing at Pebble Beach, as in the short space of a few months the TSR guys were working round the clock and Richard Freshman was researching and coordinating. So, I was ecstatic to win, behind Jon Shirley's TR 0666.”
He’s clearly a busy guy, as he says, “I’m pursuing any spare moment in the Ferrari collector world; buying, selling, brokering Ferrari and other rare top level collector cars”.
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For further information on David Gizzi's Euro-Classics, visit www.euro-classics.com.
Phone: +1 831.626.6050
Mobile phone: +1 831.383.8360
Fax: +1 831.626.6051
Email: [email protected]
Text: Classic Driver
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