When we think or talk about 2 seat Italian GT cars a few cars that instantly come to mind are from large Italian exotic car manufactures like Lamborghini, Ferrari and Maserati. Among these big names were a few small names, companies that built exotic GT cars in small numbers. One of these companies was Bizzarrini SpA also known as Societá Autostar.
Bizzarrini SpA was founded by Giotto Bizzarrini who was an automobile engineer. Giotto Bizzarrini had extensive experience in the automotive sector working for some of Italy’s largest car brands including Ferrari, ISO, Alfa Romeo and Lamborghini. He is best known for his part in the development of the iconic Ferrari 250 GTO.
Giotto Bizzarrini started Societá Autostar (later renamed Bizzarrini SpA) in 1962, after having a disagreement with Enzo Ferrari. The most famous vehicle produced under the Bizzarrini name was the beautiful Bizzarinni Strada.
The Bizzarrini Strada also known as the 5300 GT Strada and 5300 GT was a low slung, exotic, 2 seat GT car. Production of the Bizzarrini Strada ran from 1965 – 1968 and a total of 133 cars were produced making them rare and highly coveted today. The Strada was designed by Giotto Bizzarrini and was closely related to the ISO Grifo.
Power came from a Chevrolet 327 Small Block V8 that was also used in the Chevrolet Corvette. The engine displacement was a huge 5358 CC which produced 365hp (272 Kw) – 385hp (287 Kw) in street form and 400hp (298 Kw) in Corsa form. The Bizzarrini Strada also featured 4 wheel disk brakes and a BorgWarner T-10 4 speed manual transmission under the Giorgetto Giugiaro influenced Bertone styled aluminium body. A single Spider version was built.
Today Bizzarrini SpA still work on personal projects but sadly they no longer produce cars like the Strada. The Strada is a rare find today and they don’t go up for sale or auction very often. It is hard to put a price on a car like the Strada, it’s rare but not Ferrari 250 GTO or Lamborghini Miura rare and at the end of the day it was powered by Chevrolet. I am certain that if I was lucky enough to own a Strada I would never let it go.