My Car Quest

July 22, 2019

A Bizzarrini GT 5300 For Sale With A Story

by Mike –

This Bizzarrini GT 5300 Strada, chassis number IA3*0247, is for sale in Düsseldorf Germany. The asking price is 480,000 Euros ($627,000 US)!

Bizzarrini GT 5300 Strada

According to the seller:

“The example offered here, Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada, chassis number IA30247, was acquired several years ago by Giuseppe Prevosti to join his growing collection. It is understood that this car was involved in an accident and was imported to Italy for complete restoration. No expense was spared in ensuring that the restoration, undertaken by marque specialist Salvatore Diomante, was carried out to the very highest possible standard – a fact borne out by the beautiful and very straight condition of the car today.

Finished in a very elegant and sporting combination of silver with black leather interior, this car has been little used since restoration; the paintwork is described as near perfect, and the chrome, trim, and interior are similarly in as-new condition.”

Bizzarrini GT 5300 Strada

According to my sources this car was crashed on Highway 1 in California, which is easy to do. The car broke in half, which has happened to one or two Bizzarrini GT 5300s before.

Bizzarrini GT 5300 Strada

Bizzarrini GT 5300 Strada

The restorer, Salvatore Diomante, is a well known Bizzarrini restoration expert so I suspect the car is properly put together. Diomante even put his own badge on the side of the car as you can see in the picture below.

Bizzarrini GT 5300 Strada

The big question is how much of the original Bizzarrini GT 5300 remains today. That is a question that can only be answered by a careful inspection and history background check.

There is no information from the dealer about the composition of the body. I think the original body was alloy and if it was destroyed in the crash it could have been replaced by either a less desirable fiberglass body or another alloy body. The answer is important.

Another question that comes to mind is why this car does not have the desirable early style door handles.  IA3*0247 was made in a sequence where that would have been expected.

Bizzarrini GT 5300 Strada

Early Style Door Handles

Bizzarrini GT 5300 Strada

Later Style Door Handles

My Bizzarrini GT 5300 is chassis number IA3*0256 and it has the early style door handles, maybe the last example made before the switch to the later style. There are also a few other cars made after IA3*0247 with the early style handles. This is a question worth asking but not a deal killer.

The dealer is Movendi located in Germany and it is also advertised on Classic Driver.


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Comments

  1. I watched this car go under the hammer at the RM auction at Battersea, London in October 2007, when it made £257K. It is certainly in very fine condition and I’m certain the body is all aluminium. Commendable of Salvatore Diomante to put his logo on the bodywork, I reckon. He did the same on #246, a big-block powered beast owned in the US by the Merritts.
    I’m just wondering if #247 could conceivably have been one of the Hollywood stunt driver, Carey Loftin’s, Bizzarrinis, in view of the fact that it crashed down a ravine on Highway 1, or so the story goes…

    • 257K pounds is 312K Euros and $407K in todays money so someone may make a nice profit on this car.

      I am glad to hear the body is aluminum and that the car is as good as one would expect from Diomante.

      It is certainly possible that Loftin owned this car. We may never know all of the history of all Bizzarrinis. But we have to try and figure it out.

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