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July 19, 2024

Two Bizzarrinis Are Still For Sale At Mecum

by Mike –

Two Bizzarrinis were for sale at the Mecum auction a few days ago in Monterey.

They both had strong bids and probably should have sold especially the Iso Grifo A3/C Bizzarrini.

As Mecum says – the Bid Goes On.

1970 Bizzarrini P538 For Sale

The Bizzarrini P538 was on the stage throughout the auction.

Bizzarrini P538 For Sale

Bizzarrini P538 For Sale

Bizzarrini P538 For Sale

Estimate: $800,000 – $900,000

It was a no sale at a high bid of $500,000 US.

Mecum says,

– Chassis No. P538B04 commissioned by Frenchman Jacques Lavost with copy of french papers
– Chassis built by Bizzarrini in the late 1960s at Bizzarrini’s home in Gabbro near Livorno documented in Auto Italiana
– Finition and test started in the mid 1970’s at Salvatore Diomonte’s shop
– Single frame built with square tubes and radiators next to the engine instead in the front
– Build completed in 1978
– Built with a different front air-intake
– Side intakes in the doors instead of rear wings
– Two triangular-section headrests with matching roll-bars
– Rebuilt engine and transmission in 2013
– 327 CI V-8 Chevrolet engine
– Weber carburetors on a Campagnolo manifold
– Exhaust changed to 180 crossover
– Italian ASI certifications
– Referenced in the book, Bizzarrini The Genius Behind Ferrari’s Success

1965 Iso Grifo A3/C Bizzarrini

Iso Grifo A3/C Bizzarrini for sale

Iso Grifo A3/C Bizzarrini for sale

Estimate: $1,800,000 – $2,200,000

This Iso A3/C was a no sale at a high bid of $1.1 million US.

Mecum says,

– Giotto Bizzarrini built 20 Iso Grifo A3C race cars with the rare Drogo riveted alloy body
– Lightweight aluminum Drogo riveted body designed and built by Carrozzeria Sport Cars Modena
– Completed in late 1964 and delivered new to Auto Becker in Germany in January 1965
– Owned by race car driver Pierre de Sibenthal from the 1970s until the 1980s
– Sold to a new owner in the late 1980s in Italy
– 5.3L engine with 400 HP
– 2012-2013 comprehensive ground-up restoration by Autocostruzioni Torino, Italy
– 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
– Documented and backed by certificate of conformity

Let us know what you think in the Comments.

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Two Bizzarrinis Are Still For Sale At Mecum
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Two Bizzarrinis Are Still For Sale At Mecum
An Iso A3/C Bizzarrini and a Bizzarrini P538 did not sell at Mecum in Monterey although they both had strong bids.


  1. Paul Harvey says

    This will happen a lot now as folks try to cash in on the classic car price boom.
    More and more confusion exists over what is truly valuable.
    Proper provenance, originality and condition is being overshdowed by auction hype for barn finds, false patina and incorrect details.
    It is encouraging that buyers may not be as naive as the auctioneers would like.

  2. Gary Newman says

    Are they STILL for sale? I may buy them IF we can come to a price for 2 .

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