1965 Bizzarrini P538
There’s plenty of interesting, high-value sports and race cars heading to Monterey Car Week this year, some of which will make it up on the auction block and exchange hands at one of the many top-dollar car auctions taking place at the annual event. One such vehicle is this svelte, sexy-looking red Italian speed machine: a Bizzarrini P538. This ultra-rare, ultra-curvy dream-on-wheels will go under the hammer at the Mecum car auction between August 18th and 20th as Lot S111, and it’s expected to fetch close to a million dollars. It’s got Corvette power and super exclusivity, plus the performance potential you’d expect just from its appearance.
Stateside enthusiasts might not be up on the specifics of European race builders like Giotto Bizzarrini, but in Europe, the name carries serious weight. Bizzarrini is the builder behind such classics as the Iso Rivolta, Iso Grifo, Ferrari 250 GTO, and Lamborghini 3500 GT V-12. And of course, you gotta add the P538 to that list, as this thing is a true connoisseur’s delight.
Update 08/22/2016: The P558, Mecum lot No. S111 went under then hammer on August 20, 2016. Check out the "Prices" section below to see the results for yourself and the "Pictures" section for some images we took during the 2016 Monterey Car Week.
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2016 Mecum Monterey Auction – Preview
Mecum Auctions has been involved with collector cars for almost three decades now, growing from a small family business to selling roughly 20,000 lots per year. In addition to top-dollar automobiles, Mecum also offers vintage motorcycles, collectible road art, and believe it or not, tractors. But you and I don’t really care about all that other stuff – we’re in it for the cars, from cutting-edge performance machines to ironclad muscle cars, antique classics to no-frills racers. Thankfully, Mecum has the entire spread on tap. The auction house averages more than one event per month, but one of the biggest is in California for Monterey Car Week. Roughly 600 vehicles are slated to hit the block for 2016, and we’ve got some of the most interesting of them profiled right here.
Highlighting the lineup for Monterey is the Modern Speed Collection, a host of ultra-high-end speed-mobiles from the present day. Mecum calls it “the apex of 21st Century automotive performance,” and picking through the offerings, I’m inclined to agree. Think rare, gorgeous, and absurdly quick.
TopSpeed will be on the scene this year, bringing you all the latest. Read on for a taste of what’s in store.
Update 08-20-2016 5:00 P.M. PST We’re on the scene at Mecum and have updated this preview with a welcome video. Check it out in the preview below.
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Ever the tornado of creativity and speed, Ferrari was quite a volatile company in the early 1960s. For every race Enzo won, it seems like the Old Man made a few enemies as well. The failed buyout from Ford and the epic “palace revolution” of management resulted in a brain drain at Maranello.
Competing hot-shot engineers would form nearly a dozen competing supercar marques, including: Lamborghini, De Tomaso, Iso, ATS, ASA and Bizzarrini.
Each led by a mastermind engineer, stylist, machinest or visionary, only Lamborghini’s brand was strong enough to make it to the 1970s and beyond. The Ferrari exodus left all these talented men with huge ideas, but less of a real concept of how to bring the car to market effectively and resolve development problems outside their specialized area of experience.
Giotto Bizzarriniworked with all of the above firms before eventually launching what would be his best-known model: the 1965 Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada Alloy supercar. With all the latest curves, a wide road graphic and a low roof: the Strada was a gorgeous hit right from the start.
Sharing the low nose and mid-engine stance of the Lamborghini Miura, the Strada is actually a front-engine coupe powered by a reliable and torque-rich 5.3-liter Chevrolet small-block V-8.
That’s right, the long history of Chevy small-block V-8 engines in bespoke supercars started well before the 2013 Local Motors Rally Fighter’s 6.2-liter LS3 motor.
Click past the jump to read more about the 1965 Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada Alloy, with high-res images and performance details on its proven 161 mph top speed.
Many times when a company releases concept sketches and a few details about a new supercar, we have to take our excitement with a grain of salt. The unfortunate part is that a lot of the time the cars don’t get much further than a few drawings and dreams. That’s why we can truly get excited when pictures of the Bizzarrini P538’s chassis in production.
Back in May we posted the information and sketches, but now we can see that there is a real car in production. Actually the legendary car builder is working on four racers for testing this year. The P538 will be based on the Arbitrage GT and utilize a GM sourced LS7 V8 that will be tuned by Lingenfelter Performance Engineering. The mid-mounted engine will produce a minimum 500 hp, but Bizzarrini says that the P538 will have the option of going as high as 1000 hp. This is all wrapped in carbon fiber for a total weight of around 1760 lbs. With that kind of power and weight, this is definitely a car we can now fully be excited about.
The Livorno p538 Barchetta is a design from Stefan Schulze. Bizzarrini is manufacturing a small series production of both the Barchetta and the GT (hardtop) version based on their Arbitrage GT chassis.
Livorno is the the Italian city in which Bizzarrini currently resides. While the p538 part is tribute to a 1960’s race car which Bizzarini built in very limited numbers.
The complete underbody and outer shell of the Scuderia Bizzarrini Livorno p538 are formed from lightweight carbon fiber, as is the passenger cell.
Power for the Bizzarrini Livorno p538 is a mid-mounted 7.0 litre Chevrolet LS7 whichproduces 505 hp @ 6200 rpm and 475 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm. The engine sits in a framework directly behind the driver. Highlighting the location of the powerful engine are 8 race-like intake trumpets which stick out through the engine cover just behind the cockpit.
In co-operation with First Signal, Giotto Bizzarrini, Alan Mertens of Galmer engineering, as well as Mr. Gallahan of Arbitrage.com unveiled the new Bizzarrini p538 Prototype.According to the manufacturer the new car will be produced in Speedster and GT versions featuring a carbon fiber structure in order to deliver a total weight between 1000 and 1200 kg.
The new car will be powered by the 7.0 liter Chevrolet LS7 engine which delivers 505 hp and is capable to push the car from 0-100 km/h in less than 4 seconds. For those who don’t know who is Giotto Bizzarrini we have to inform them that as an engineer and designer, the Italian took part in the creation of the legendary Ferrari 250 GTO but also the Lamborghini Miura. Bizzarrini p538 represents a new interpretation of the ’67 Bizzarrini p358 and if we consider the new looks of the car it is clear that the new vehicle will be a massive hit.
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It all started in 1997 when founder, Clas MÃ¼ller was on honeymoon in Tuscany. There he met the famous Ing. Bizzarrini to find out more about his own classic car, a red Bizzarrini Europa Corsa. It turnes out that Bizzarrini was more interested in creating new prototypes than discussing his famous old creations and that was how the seed was planted. A year later Clas MÃ¼ller was back with an idea to develop a super lightweight sportscar - a baby Bizzarrini. This was the starting point of the P1, the first BEBI Prototype.