Today a Bizzarrini GT America was delivered to us to be restored back to its former glory!
Designed by ex-Ferrari chief engineer Giotto Bizzarrini in 1963, the Bizzarini Strada was launched by his company in 1965. It was similar in concept to the Iso Grifo, also designed by Mr. Bizzarrini, and even used the Grifo name while in the planning stage, as well as the welded unibody platform of the Iso Rivolta 300.
The Strada, Corsa and GT America’s were powered by a Chevrolet small-block 327 Corvette engine displacing 5358 cc and producing 365 hp to 385 hp in street form and 400 hp in the Corsa.
Dunlop four-wheel disc brakes, a BorgWarner T-10 four-speed manual transmission, de Dion tube rear suspension, and limited slip differential were also used. The Giorgetto Giugiaro influenced Bertone styled aluminum body, was striking in its day and still regarded in the 2000s as “gorgeous”. A single spyder version was also built.
In 1965, a Bizzarrini Grifo won its class at Le Mans and finished ninth overall.
A total of 133 examples were produced from 1965 through 1968. This GT America Bizzarrini version is an original fiberglass bodied car which started being restored in the early eighties, sadly the project was shelved then, but the owner was still keen to carry on. The owner, an existing client of SB’s, asked us if we would be interested in carrying on where the left off in the eighties! Being fans of these rare cars, and enjoying a challenge, we have taken on the task of restoring the car and making some safety improvements for modern road rallies and possible track work!