My Car Quest

May 2, 2016

Bizzarrini GT 5300

by Mike –

I thought after my recent post on this subject that I was done dealing with people on Bring A Trailer who know little to nothing about the subject at hand but nevertheless want to share their ill-informed opinions with the world.

However, there was one new comment that I cannot let go unchallenged because this person attacked my Bizzarrini and me where the other commentators that I disagreed with were expressing more abstract opinions.

This person uses the name justasmuk and the comment is dated February 8, 2013 at 5:36 pm – this person is anonymous but I am not, all the readers of My Car Quest know who I am.

Here is the comment from justasmuk:

Original? Only once. This car has been repainted , the interior restored, and a non original ( to this car) cross webbers carbs( because it looks better.). The best original car in the last ten years? The owner has now convinced himself with his hyperbole. Sound like a use car salesman, not a classic car “guru”. Won at Quail? Who voted? If it wasn’t for the Iso Birthday party, this car would have not seen the grass. No Concourse car here with all the fiddling.

Mark Twain said:

It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.

My response – The interior is original, if you were to ever see this car in person you would know that. Or if you were part of the group of enthusiasts who follow Bizzarrini cars you would know that because this car has been in the public eye for more than 40 years.

If you have to ask “who voted” then you should not be commenting. The voters at The Quail are the car owners in the same class – not judges who may or may not know about each marque.

My Bizzarrini GT 5300 was also invited to show at The Quail in 2009, which it did. I believe it to be the only Bizzarrini GT 5300 to be at The Quail more than once and the only Winner of a Bizzarrini Class at The Quail.

This Bizzarrini also won the Owner’s Choice Award at the Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance in 2011 – the oldest continuously running Concours d’Elegance in the world.

The owners of the other 175 cars at Hillsborough voted this Bizzarrini their favorite car of all the other cars at this event.

The Bizzarrini intake manifold with the 4 Webers not only looks good but adds speed compared to the single Holly carburetor – that is why Bizzarrini designed this set up not for looks but for speed to win races. This option was also available on the Strada.

Jack Koobs de Hartog, the noted Bizzarrini historian and author of several books on Bizzarrini cars says,

“Bizzarrini No. 0256 is one of the best and most original in the world.”

Below is a photo of Gerd Eckstein congratulating me on the Class Win at The Quail – Gerd is one of the world experts on both Bizzarrini and Iso cars and has been involved with these cars and the people who made them for decades.

He also owns many of the best examples of both Bizzarrini and Iso cars.

Gerd Eckstein congratulating Mike Gulett on the Class Win at The Quail in 2012

Mike Gulett and Gerd Eckstein

My questions to justasmuk – tell us why you are qualified to make the statements you made about a specific car that I suspect you have never seen and why are you qualified to comment on any Bizzarrini?

Let us know in the Comments below or let me know in a private email, don’t be shy.

Mike Gulett

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Hillsborough Concours d'Elegance trophy 2011


  1. I was able to take a good, long look at this Bizzarrini at Quail and would that I could acquire it. I am a fan of Giotto’s designs and this example is as good as it gets.

  2. Good for you, Mike – I couldn’t agree more with all you said in your reply. Although I’m sad to hear you are selling it (but that’s your business, of course) whoever buys it will own one of the very best and most original Bizzarrinis anywhere, and I have known about #256 since long before you acquired it. I wish I could afford it!
    Chris Lackner – Secretary & Founder – Iso/Bizzarrini Club UK

  3. georgeg20 says:

    Mike, I understand why you responded to this particular post but you know that he is “just a smuck”. That handle or pseudonym says it all. It’s obvious that this person has no idea of what he/she is talking about. I call such dumbness a “fart in the dark”.

  4. ScuderiaPacNW says:

    Have seen Mike’s car and it is awesome. The following quotes also comes to mind;
    “Wise is the man who knows he is not, yet seeks wisdom.”
    “I refuse to enter into a contest of wits with an unarmed man.”
    “Oh, snap…you just got powned.”

  5. Seanglenn says:

    Dear Mike,
    Although I have never met you in person, I know you are a person of integrity and high values, who has a genuine love of all classic cars, but especially of Isos and Bizzarinis. I know this just from continuously reading “My Car Quest”, and through your communications to me and others via this blog. Obviously, “justasmuk”, is, in reality, JUST A SCHMUCK, who is just jealous of you, your fine automobile, and the respect that you have earned from others in the world of classic cars. I would say that the best strategy for dealing with “haters”, is to ignore them, while they play with their computers, while living in their mother’s basements. Best of everything to you, and always continued success. I know that a TRUE car aficianado will soon purchase your car for its true value, and as always, the highlight of my day is reading “My Car Quest”. Glenn in the Bronx, New York

  6. As a regular reader of the BAT website, it is a shame that only a minority of the comments that were posted were posted by anyone with even a minimal knowledge about the rare and special qualities of your car or the marque as a whole. Unfortunately, the comments on the BAT website have increasingly turned into personal commentaries on the sellers asking price and lack any real substance. Having seen my fair share of Bizzarinis, I have yet to see a better one than #256, and hope that the next caretaker is only half as appreciative as you have been over the last five years.

  7. Thank you all for the supportive comments – it is appreciated. The reader demographic of Bring A Trailer is apparently quite different than My Car Quest. I sometimes visit BaT but I have learned to not read the comments. However, when they featured my Bizzarrini, which I did not ask for, I could not resist reading the comments.

    I was quite surprised at what I read and this last one was just mean spirited and full of obvious mistakes. Like saying this Bizzarrini would not be invited to The Quail if not for the Iso anniversary without realizing that I had taken this Bizzarrini to The Quail in 2009. How dumb is that? And the personal attacks on me – what’s that all about?

  8. I have judged the Bizzarrini class at CI numerous times , one year including all the Biz spyders and I can say your car is world class, right there with the best of the marque.

  9. Mike real italian enthusiasts appreciate your car a lot dont worry about such a persons.

    They can judge maybe VW Beetle from early 40-50s and i dont want to outrage anybody.

  10. Hi Mike!
    Came across your website whilst searching for an Iso Grifo. You have nothing to worry about with that schmuck, they are commonly known as trolls and basically are no lifers wanting to stir sh*t up. It’s a shame you’re selling her but I guess you have your reason. Thanks for keeping such an amazing and rare machine in tip top shape for all of us to oggle.

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