Bizzarrini Europa
Overview
ManufacturerBizzarrini
Also calledBizzarrini 1900 GT Europa
Production1966-1969
DesignerPietro Vanni at Bizzarrini
Body and chassis
Body style2-door coupe
LayoutFMR layout
Powertrain
Engine1.9L (1897 cc) Opel I4

The Bizzarrini Europa was a small grand tourer produced by Bizzarrini between 1966 and 1969.

The Europa was intended to be a smaller, lower cost alternative to the more expensive Strada model that would take Bizzarrini into volume production and compete with sports cars from Alfa Romeo and Lancia.[1] However, due to the bankruptcy of Bizzarrini in 1969, production of the Europa ended after only a handful of cars were built.

Bizzarrini 1900 GT Europa rear view
Bizzarrini 1900 GT Europa rear view

Originally powered by a 1,481 cc Fiat inline-four engine,[citation needed] the car officially became the Europa with the introduction of an 1,897 cc Opel engine. The 1.9L engine was mounted behind the front axle, like in the Strada, produced around 110 hp (82 kW) and allowed the Europa to reach a claimed top speed of 128 mph (206 km/h).[2] The Europa also featured a fiberglass body, penned by Bizzarrini designer Pietro Vanni, independent front and rear suspension, a limited slip differential and four wheel disc brakes. Between 12 and 17 examples were said to have been built by Bizzarrini;[3] the definitive number is unknown, as the factory did not keep records. However, some cars, sources say around 20, were assembled in the late 1960s and early 1970s using Europa parts and unused chassis from the Bizzarrini factory after they went bankrupt. However, these cars were not assembled by Bizzarrini themselves.[4]

References

  1. ^ "One of ~20: 1968 Bizzarrini 1900 Europa GT". The best vintage and classic cars for sale online | Bring a Trailer. 2017-01-10. Retrieved 2020-04-22.
  2. ^ "A different kind of hybrid - European Style with American Muscle". www.hemmings.com. Retrieved 2020-04-22.
  3. ^ Productions, Petrolicious (2018-12-12). "This Beautiful 1900 GT Europa Was The Bizzarrini That Barely Survived Bankruptcy". Petrolicious. Retrieved 2020-04-22.
  4. ^ "1969 Bizzarrini 1900 GT Europa". www.classicdriver.com. Retrieved 2020-04-22.