My Car Quest

September 23, 2021

1967 Bizzarrini GT America 2+2 Prototype

by Wallace Wyss –

Oh, I knew it was out there back in the ’70s. But South Africa was a bit off my usual path. It was first shown at the 1968 Salone di Torino as a Bizzarrini Prototype show car. I found a description on the net but some details require someone who knows these cars well to elucidate what they mean such as “Prototype frame with partial welds” (what’s a partial weld?)

Bizzarrini GT America 2+2 Prototype

Photo by The Stuart Parr Collection

Bizzarrini GT America 2+2 Prototype

Like most other Iso Rivolta and Grifo models it has a 355 bhp, 5,354 cc Chevrolet Corvette V-8 engine, single four-barrel carburetor, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension, de Dion rear axle, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. The wheelbase is 2,450 mm.

Bizzarrini GT America 2+2 Prototype

The Bzzarrini GT5300 Strada had a lightweight aluminum bodywork developed by Drogo and later BBM, of Modena, a fabricated platform chassis, and a semi-monocoque body riveted to the frame. Output of the front/mid-mounted 327 ci. 5.3-liter Chevrolet V-8 engine ranged between 355 and 400 horsepower. Top speed might have been as high as 180 mph. Sadly very few were made during its six-year production run.

Bizzarrini GT America 2+2 Prototype

This 2-plus-2 has had just two owners, the first being one Giotto Bizzarrini himself. The dealer advertising it in South Africa in 2017 promised it would come with full ownership documentation and a large file of period photographs which I assume it has.

Bizzarrini GT America 2+2 Prototype

Now how much did it sell for? Dunno. [1]

Who owns it now? It is now part of the Stuart Parr Collection. A truly one-of-a-kind. [2]

Read about the history of Giotto Bizzarrini here.

Let us know what you think in the Comments.

Wallace Wyss

THE AUTHOR: Fine artist Wallace Wyss was an early member of the Iso-Bizzarrini Owner’s Club. He has several paintings of Bizzarrinis. For a list write malibucarart@gmail.com
 
 

Bizzarrini GT America 2+2 Prototype

Photo by The Stuart Parr Collection

Bizzarrini 2+2 Logo

Footnotes by Mike Gulett

[1] The asking price in 2017 was around $550,000 USD.

[2] Both this Bizzarrini and the Stuart Parr Collection are one-of-a-kind.

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Comments

  1. Wes Stewart says

    Partial weld = bolted?

  2. wallace wyss says

    LATE UPDATE:
    Jack Koobs de Hartog, a historian on the marque, added some details about the car’s history:

    1970, October 15th Mauro Chigiotti, Grosseto, Italy (bought incomplete from the ‘fallimento’ without radiator, carburetor, pedals, electricals , differential ,shock absorbers, drain tube etc. for Italian . 1.000.000.

    1971 Boetie Louw, Durbanville, Cape Province, S.A.

    1982 January Offered in Road & Trackwith 4500 km, for $ 60.000) by than owner Ian R. Elliot, Johannesburg, SA.

    1984 January 26 Gerhard Malherbe, SA

    2017 Stuart Parr collection

  3. William Rice says

    Curious if anyone knows how many Bizzarrini actually made??

  4. Jack Koobs de Hartog says

    1. Basis of the problem.
    Originally about 147 Iso A3/C’s and Bizzarrini’s were built by Giotto Bizzarrini in his “Autostar” and “Bizzarrini” Company before bankruptcy in 1968/9.
    So let’s make a positive guess that about 50/60 % of these cars (restored) still exist.
    Let’s say … 80 in total.

    2. Present number.
    When I count all known cars of that type today I come to a total of about 249.
    That means that at the moment only one out of three (249/80) most probably is a genuine original one.

    3. Histories.
    From all the known and presented Italian ownership histories I was able to collect and checked with the ACI (Automobile Club Italiana), only about 64% appeared to be correct. In some cases, the history was 100% faked. Also presented registration documents were in many cases “questionable” at least.

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