Coys Auction - Techno Classica Essen
Saturday 2 April 2011
Motor Cars 15:00
Admission by catalogue only - admits two.
Estimate: No Reserve
Registration Number: EU Registered
Chassis Number: GL 720-132
Giotto Bizzarrini established his reputation as a skillful engineer with Alfa Romeo and Ferrari during the early 1960s, and had been largely responsible for developing the celebrated 250 GTO. He also designed Lamborghini’s first car, the 350 GT, and his own race car, the Bizzarrini GT. In 1963 Bizzarrini penned a new masterpiece – the Grifo, which in Italian means Griffin. This is of course the legendary bird which preys on horses, hence an allusion to Iso’s desire to conquer Ferrari’s throne in the sports car stakes. The Grifo was a worthy challenger, a two seater GT coupe designed by Giugiaro at Bertone, powered by Chevrolet’s 300bhp 5.3 litre engine and capable of zero to 60mph in less than 7 seconds, making it more than a match for most Ferraris.
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