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1965 Bizzarrini P538

1965 Bizzarrini P538

A superstar talent from Ferrari makes his own racer

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.

Continue reading to learn more about the 1965 Bizzarrini P538.

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1965 Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada Alloy

1965 Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada Alloy

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.

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2006 Bizzarrini Ghepardo

2006 Bizzarrini Ghepardo

Bizzarrini GTS 4.1 V, a perfect mix between a state of the art technology and the best Italian style, wisely dosed to let you feel the pleasure of driving a very exclusive and advanced design car, without being dominated by her.
Engine
Model Bizzarrini 90° V8 Bore 92.7 mm Stroke 75.2 mm Capacity 4,100 cm3, aspirated Pollution Euro 4 Max Power 550 HP - 401 KW at 10,000 rpm Max Torque 470 Nm at 7,500 rpm - 4 overhead camshafts - 4 (...)

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2007 Bizzarrini Quercianella

2007 Bizzarrini Quercianella

It all started in 1997 when founder, Clas Müller 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 Müller 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.

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