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The first Bizzarrini 5300 GT Corsa Revival has just been delivered – Robb Report

Bizzarrini 5300 GT Corsa Revival

The Bizzarrini 5300 GT’s sex-on-wheels body seems to be found in a mechanic rather than on back roads or racetracks. But beneath Giorgetto Giugiaro’s curvaceous sheet metal lies a secret weapon: remarkable engineering courtesy of the brand’s namesake, Giotto Bizzarrini.

After a stint with Alfa Romeo, the driver-cum-engineer had worked on the Ferrari 250 GTO – one of the most monumental Grail cars of the 20th century – before conjuring up Lamborghini’s first V-12, a charismatic engine so sturdy it has automaker for nearly half a century.

Once Bizzarini focused on his own ventures, the fruits of his labors were formidable: the A3/C, a competition version of its 5300 GT. The enterprising Italian was so short on cash that instead of hiring a transporter to take his car to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1965, he drove it himself from Italy to France. Thanks to its slippery aerodynamics and monstrous 327 cubic inch Chevrolet engine fueled by four Weber carburettors, the low-slung contender achieved the third-highest top speed of 286 mph on the Mulsanne straight, taking a remarkable 1st in class and 9th overall . The incredible performance cemented the Italian automaker’s larger-than-life legend, which paired devious form with focused function. “You don’t win Le Mans just by looking good,” said Bruce Meyer, owner of the Bizzarrini that won the famous race. Unfortunately, Bizzarini’s success only lasted until 1969, when the brand went bankrupt.

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The brand was revived in 2020 by Pegasus Brands, an international car dealer specializing in top brands such as Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce and Koenigsegg. The first venture is a series of 24 continuation models inspired by chassis 0222, the car that won its class at Le Mans in 1965 by Régis Fraissinet and Jean de Mortemart. Like revitalized models from Aston Martin, Bentley and Jaguar, this redux is based on original blueprints, 3D scans and historical research, including paint that matches the crimson hue of the original car. It’s also built to meet Annex K FIA competition regulations, with a period-correct 5.3-litre V-8 making the right beastly sounds. A lightweight composite body over a steel frame would yield a feather-light curb weight of approximately 2,711 pounds, with independent rear suspension and four-wheel disc brakes honoring the original. The cars can be specified with fiberglass bodywork that makes them suitable for historic racing, or a carbon fiber setup for a road-ready Strada configuration.

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Bizzarrini 5300 GT Corsa Revival

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The brand was revived in 2020 by Pegasus Brands, an international car dealer specializing in top brands such as Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce and Koenigsegg. The first venture is a series of 24 continuation models inspired by chassis 0222, the car that won its class at Le Mans in 1965 by Régis Fraissinet and Jean de Mortemart. Like revitalized models from Aston Martin, Bentley and Jaguar, this redux is based on original blueprints, 3D scans and historical research, including paint that matches the crimson hue of the original car. It’s also built to meet Annex K FIA competition regulations, with a period-correct 5.3-litre V-8 making the right beastly sounds. A lightweight composite body over a steel frame would yield a feather-light curb weight of approximately 2,711 pounds, with independent rear suspension and four-wheel disc brakes honoring the original. The cars can be specified with fiberglass bodywork that makes them suitable for historic racing, or a carbon fiber setup for a road-ready Strada configuration.

Now that the first 5300 GT Corsa Revival has been delivered to the first customer, production of the remaining 23 units has started. With decades-old styling and a seven-figure price tag, the reanimated Bizzarini is certainly not for everyone, which explains why the revived automaker is also working on a modern supercar. But for those seeking classic beauty and brutal speed, few things fit as well as this revived Italian icon.

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