- High quality restoration
- In the same ownership for 27 years
- High performance
- Used carefully
This Bizzarrini GT Strada was bought by Hervé Ogliastro in April 1990 at an auction held by Maître Poulain. Prior to this, according to the Bizzarrini specialist and historian Koobs de Hartog, the car was owned by a string of collectors including Max Balchowski, an American from Wisconsin, Oliver Kuttner and a well-known German collector. The latter had the car up for sale with Motor-Gallery Aachen, before selling it at auction. It appears that another example has the same chassis number. It is very possible that the car belonging to H. Ogliastro was in Oliver Kuttner's workshop at the same time as another one, which had no documentation. Kuttner probably used the chassis number and documents belonging to n°309 for both car.
After buying the Bizzarrini, Hervé Ogliastro registered it 5300 WZ, a particularly appropriate registration! At that time, the odometer showed just 12 800 miles, but the car required full restoration. And so, advised by J. Lavost, President of the Bizzarrini France club, Hervé Ogliastro sent it to Diomante in Italy. During the 1960s Salvatore Diomante was in charge of the Bizzarrini factory. After the full restauration, the car was sent in 1993 to the restoration workshop of André Lecoq for the finishing touches. Four years later, in 1997, this Bizzarrini was shown at the Bagatelle concours d'élégance. It has only been driven sparingly, as shown by the odometer, which reads14 220 miles today.
As the name suggests, the Bizzarrini 5300 GT is the work of Giotto Bizzarrini, one of the creators of the Ferrari 250 GTO. It was a distillation of his technical ideology, and positioning the engine towards the back gave the car a better centre of gravity and improved roadholding. Bizzarrini didn't bother with a complicated Italian engine, but went to look for one at Chevrolet. With versions ranging from 365 to 400 bhp, the Corvette's V8 enabled the car, known at the start as the Iso A3/C, to be the fastest GT of its day, even quicker than the Ferrari 275 GTB. The body, initially built in aluminium by Drogo, was later produced by BBM, with a few examples in fibreglass. In total, production was limited to some 130 cars.
In superb condition following a meticulous restoration, this car has the extra attraction of being a rare aluminium-bodied Strada that, unusually, was not transformed for competition. Here is an interesting opportunity to buy a high performance GT car that is rare and appreciated by connoisseurs.