Classic Cars

Rare Example of 1965 Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada to be Auctioned

Renowned RM Auctions will see bidders fight for this beautiful masterpiece.

This is an exceedingly rare car built by an engineering maestro who was largely responsible for the development of the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, the 250 GTO and its 'Breadvan' derivative, in addition to designing the enduring Lamborghini V12 engine. The Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada came about following the production of the Iso Grifo in 1963, a beautifully designed two-seater GT with a race-inspired chassis and Chevrolet Corvette 5.4-liter, 365hp engine delivering a 180mph top speed.

The 'Strada' was the road-going form of the Grifo and although ostensibly a street car its lightweight aluminum bodywork, fabricated platform chassis and semi-monocoque body riveted to the frame are specifications you would expect of an all-out competition car. Between 100 and 149 models of the 5300 GT Stradas were ever built and by 1969 Bizzarrini production ended. This particular model made its way from Europe to the States and back again, during which time it went through a couple of restorations. In London next week it will be going under the hammer and the auctioneers expect it to be sold for between £350,000 and £400,000.

It comes complete with FIA papers and as such would be welcomed to the most prestigious events, such as the Le Mans Classic, and the world's premier concours events; as well as giving drivers hours of unadulterated fun on country roads. Photos courtesy of RM Auctions.

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