The 5300 GT Corsa Revival recalls the legendary winner at Le Mans in 1965.
A successful automotive comeback story never gets old - just ask the BMW 8 Series, Ford Bronco, and Toyota Supra. But while those nameplates are all well-known, the same can't be said of Bizzarrini and its 5300 GT Corsa. At the start of 2021, the Italian sports car automaker announced that it would be returning with the 5300 GT Corsa Revival. This is a celebration of the original, race-winning 5300 GT from the 1960s that was powered by a Chevy V8. Designed to be as close to the original as possible, we were pleased to see that the gorgeously retro lines were retained when a prototype of the 5300 GT Corsa Revival hit the road. Now, the first of just 24 production models has been delivered to a lucky customer from Bizzarrini's dedicated facility in the UK.
Each continuation model is finished in Bizzarrini Rosso Corsa with white numbered roundels, but each customer can choose a specific number that can then be hand-applied to the car.
The special livery harkens back to the 5300 GT Corsa chassis #0222 which emerged victorious in its class at the 1965 Le Mans 24 Hours. Weighing just over 2,700 pounds, each hand-built vehicle has a single-piece composite body mounted over a steel frame. The team used the original blueprints to get the car as close to the original model as possible. Even the original red racing paint was carefully color-matched for the Revival, and experts who worked on the original 5300 were consulted during the production process.
The six-point roll cage and safety fuel cell allow the Revival to adhere to FIA Appendix K historic racing regulations. There are disc brakes at each corner to scrub off the high speeds that the period-specific 5,300 cubic-centimeter V8 is capable of.
The V8 comes with Weber 45 DCOE carburetors and develops over 400 horsepower, which Bizzarrini says gives the car a power-to-weight ratio that matches a modern supercar.
"The team [is] incredibly proud to see the first 5300 GT Corsa Revival leave the factory on the way to its new owner," said Bizzarrini CMO, Simon Busby. "We relaunched Bizzarrini earlier this year as the start of a long-term vision; this first customer delivery is an important step along the road to fully realizing that vision."
All remaining models will be completed and delivered in 2023, and a full production specification model will be shown at the Concours of Excellence at Hampton Court from September 2-4, following a public appearance of the original 5300 GT Strada last year.