1967 Bizzarrini 5300 Strada

5300 GT STRADA ALLUMINIO

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1967
  • Car type 
    Coupé
  • Condition 
    Restored
  • Interior colour 
    Black
  • Interior type 
    Leather
  • Number of doors 
    2
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Orange
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

The Bizzarrini Strada (also 5300 GT Strada and 5300 GT), was a sports car produced in 133 examples by Bizzarrini S.p.A from 1964 to 1968. Sold as an exceptionally low-slung 2-seater coupe, it proved to be Bizzarrini's most successful and iconic model.

From Ferrari to Bizzarrini

Giotto Bizzarrini left Alfa Romeo in 1957 and went to Ferrari, which needed a test driver. He worked for five years at Ferrari as chief engineer and as a qualified developer, designer and test driver.

Quickly promoted to the position of development controller for experimental, sports and GT cars, the 250 GT 2+2/GTE, the 3-litre V12 Testa Rossa engine, the 250 TR Testa Rossa and the 250GT SWB (Short Wheel Base Berlinetta or Berlinetta Passo Corto) were largely influenced by his ideas and technical solutions.

Bizzarrini would work hard to develop the chassis, engine and advanced dynamic solutions for the most legendary of Ferrari's racing cars, his masterpiece within the firm: the 250 GTO.

In 1961, Bizzarrini was one of the "famous five" engineers who left Ferrari during the "night of the long knives", caused by a reorganisation of the technical staff. Together with other former Ferrari engineers (including Carlo Chiti), Bizzarrini founded the company Automobili Turismo e Sport (ATS) to build a Formula 1 single-seater and a GT sports car, the ATS Serenissima.

In 1962, Bizzarrini was hired by Count Giovanni Volpi, owner of Scuderia Serenissima Republica di Venezia, to transform a Ferrari 250 GT SWB (chassis number 2819GT) into a GTO. Ferrari, in disagreement with Volpi, had refused to sell him a GTO and he was therefore forced to buy and modify a second-hand car. Bizzarrini and Piero Drogo of Carrozzeria Sports Cars in Modena developed an advanced aerodynamic bodywork, even lower than the GTO. This collaboration gave birth to the 250 GT Drogo 'Breadvan'.

In the same year, Bizzarrini founded the "Società Autostar", an engineering company through which he responded to tenders for independent engineering projects. Ferruccio Lamborghini will commission Società Autostar to design a V12 engine for the new GT cars of his Lamborghini company. The Lamborghini V12 was first fitted in 1964 to the 350GT, with variants of its basic architecture being used in all Lamborghini V12s until 2010.

Società Autostar then developed cars for Iso Autoveicoli S.p.A., including the Iso Rivolta IR 300 and the Iso Grifo. A dispute between Bizzarrini and Iso ended their collaboration and led Società Autostar to build variants of the Iso Grifo under the Bizzarrini brand. Bizzarrini changed the name of Società Autostar first to "Società Prototipi Bizzarrini" in 1964 and then to "Bizzarrini SpA" in 1966.

5300 GT STRADA

The Strada was launched by Bizzarrini in 1964. Its design was similar to that of the Iso Grifo, also designed by Giotto Bizzarrini, and it even used the name "Grifo" during the production planning phase, as well as the welded monocoque platform of the Iso Rivolta 300.

The Strada - which adopts a front mid-engine, rear-wheel drive configuration - is powered by a Chevrolet 327 small-block engine with a displacement of 5.4L for 365 hp in the road version and over 400 hp in the Corsa version. The car accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 7 seconds and reaches a top speed of 280 km/h. The Strada is equipped with Dunlop disc brakes, a BorgWarner T-10 four-speed manual gearbox, de Dion rear suspension and a limited slip differential. On later models, the 5.4L engine will be replaced by a 7L engine, fitted with Holley carburettor.

The bodywork is designed by Bertone, based on a work done by Giorgetto Giugiaro. Two types of bodywork will be offered, in aluminium or vetroresina (fiber). Reputed to be 'impressive' at the time, it is still considered an absolute masterpiece in the 21st century. Three spyder versions were also built, including a fully convertible prototype. A total of 133' 5300 Gt Stradas were produced between 1964 and 1968.

5300 GT STRADA Alluminio IA3*0338

Delivered new in aluminium version and codice vernice "Arancio" on November 23, 1967 to first owner in Campania, Italia.

It was bought in 1972 by an English enthusiast, Mr. Barry Coppers, who imported it in England.

M.Coppers sold the car in 1982 to third owner Mr. David Bracknell of Keighly, and it was registered PRK 250F. M.Bracknell kept the Strada for many years before selling it to a Belgian enthusiast.

It underwent a complete restoration in 2001 performed by expert Autocostruzioni.S.D in Torino, with a change of color in silver-grey.
The current owner bought the car in 2015 and sent back the GT STRADA to expert Autocostruzioni.S.D in Torino to put it back to original factory specification of "Arancia" color including a full technical maintenance.

Today this 5300 GT STRADA has been driven a mere 1600 km since its complete restoration and is in an exceptional condition, ready to show and drive !
We are pleased to offer one of the most singular and beautiful supercars ever produced in its rare aluminium version. 

Price on request