Bizzarrini Strada
Overview
ManufacturerBizzarrini
Also called
  • Bizzarrini 5300 GT
  • Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada
Production1964–1968
133 built
AssemblyItaly: Livorno
DesignerGiotto Bizzarrini
Body and chassis
ClassSports car (S)
Body style2–door coupé
LayoutFront mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive
PlatformIso Rivolta IR 300
RelatedIso Grifo
Powertrain
Engine5.4 L (5,358 cc) Chevrolet 327 V8
Transmission4–speed BorgWarner T-10 manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,449 mm (96.4 in)
Length4,460 mm (175.6 in)
Width1,760 mm (69.3 in)
Height1,120 mm (44.1 in)
Kerb weight1,200 kg (2,646 lb)
In competition livery
In competition livery
Rear quarter view
Rear quarter view

The Bizzarrini Strada (also 5300 GT Strada[1] and 5300 GT), is a sports car produced by Bizzarrini from 1964 to 1968.[2] Sold as an exceptionally low slung 2-seat coupe, roadster, and track-tuned "Corsa" racer,[2] it proved to be Bizzarrini's most successful model.

History

Designed by ex-Ferrari chief engineer Giotto Bizzarrini in 1963, the Strada was launched by his company in 1964. It was similar in concept to the Iso Grifo, also designed by Bizzarrini, and even used the Grifo name while in the planning stage, as well as the welded unibody platform of the Iso Rivolta 300.[2]

The Strada – which adopted a Front mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout – was powered by a 327 Chevrolet small-block engine displacing 5.4 L (5,358 cc) and rated at 365 hp (272 kW) to 385 N⋅m (284 lb⋅ft) of torque in the road legal version and 400 hp (298 kW) in the Corsa. [2] The engine was intentionally placed as far back over the front axle as possible, to improve weight distribution and handling. The car could accelerate 0–100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 7 seconds, and attained a top speed of 280 km/h (174 mph). In later models, the 5,358 cc engine was replaced by a larger 7,000 cc unit, fitted with a Holley carburetor.[1]

Dunlop four-wheel disc brakes, a BorgWarner T-10 four-speed manual transmission,[2] de Dion tube rear suspension, and limited slip differential were also used. The Giorgetto Giugiaro influenced Bertone styled aluminum body, was striking in its day and still regarded in the 21st century as "gorgeous"[2] and an "absolute masterpiece".[1] Three spyder versions were also built, including a prototype which was a full convertible and two production versions which featured removable T-tops.[3]

In 1965, a Bizzarrini Grifo won its class at Le Mans and finished ninth overall.

A total of 133 examples were produced from 1964 through 1968.[1]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d Berruti, Valerio; Magistà, Aurelio, eds. (2009). L'Automobile. Marche e modelli dalle origini ad oggi (in Italian). Vol. 2. La Biblioteca di Repubblica-L'Espresso. pp. 27–28.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Road & Track, August 19, 2013
  3. ^ "All Three Bizzarrini Spyders Including The Prototype To Reunite This Summer". www.hemmings.com. Retrieved 22 April 2020.

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