Watch prolific car collector Bruce Meyer explain the origins of one of the most iconic sports cars of all time, the 1965 Bizzarini A3/C.
A factory prototype car known for its epic 800-mile drive to the 1965 Le Mans, it won its class category, securing its place in racing history.
In the clip, Meter mixes passionate statements and creates a tale, telling the story of the Bizzarrini’s early days. Giotto Bizzarrini, the GT Strada’s designer, was an Alfa Romeo and Ferrari racing driver who designed some of the most famous classic cars of all time, including the Ferrari 250 GTO, record-holder for the most expensive car ever sold at auction at $38.1 million.
In 1961, amid a falling-out amongst Ferrari’s high ranks, dubbed the Palace Revolt, Bizzarrini headed for the likes of Automobili Turismo e Sport (ATS), where he created the infamous Ferrari 250 GTO ?Breadvan.? Along the way, his personal company produced a 3.5-liter V12 that found its way into the first-ever Lamborghini.
Had Bizzarrini remained with Ferrari, this 5300 GT Strada may have featured a prancing horse emblem. The Lamborghini we know today may have had entirely different origins.