My Car Quest

June 27, 2019

The Bizzarrini P538 – An Unfulfilled Potential

by Mike –

The Bizzarrini P538 is a mid-engine topless race car with a tubular steel chassis covered by a fiberglass body. This is a stunning car in person, however, it did not have a successful race career.

Originally introduced in late 1965 there have been many continuation cars made since the original four (although one of these four was likely made from parts from an earlier wrecked car).

Bizzarrini P538

The car in the video below is an exact reproduction of the Le Mans race car, commissioned by the owner, and constructed by Giotto Bizzarrini himself.

The first P538 was powered by a Lamborghini V12 and the other used a Corvette 327 cid V8 like the engine below.

Bizzarrini P538

The first Bizzarrini P538 was commissioned by the American race car driver, Mike Gammino who intended to race it in the Can-Am series. Gammino wanted the Lamborghini V12 engine to be used because he liked that engine and because Giotto Bizzarrini was the designer of that engine. The Gammino P538 would be an all Bizzarrini race car.

The P538 was a very unlucky car, they were crashed and generally did not have a successful race history. As far as I can tell it was not the fault of the car itself but caused by some bad luck on the track and money problems as usual.

The P538s did not have chassis numbers stamped on them and today there is a little confusion over exactly which cars are which.

This is perhaps the last Bizzarrini made by Ing. Bizzarrini! It was at Concourso Italiano in Monterey, California in August 2010 parked next to my silver 1966 Bizzarrini GT 5300 Strada.

Watch the video below on full screen.

Bizzarrini P538

Bizzarrini P538

Let us know what you think in the Comments.

Bizzarrini P538

Bizzarrini P538

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The Bizzarrini P538 - An Unfulfilled Potential
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The Bizzarrini P538 is a stunning car in person, however, it did not have a successful race career.
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  1. Thom Ollinger says

    Fantastic! In a time of beautiful mid-engine cars it might be the most beautiful.

  2. Too bad about its checkered history. An absolutely beautiful car – and what a beautiful note from the Chevy engine!

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