Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada
Giotto Bizzarrini is one of the greatest names in the history of automotive engineering. As a person who worked for Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Iso, he helped create some of the finest sports cars of the ‘60s. And that included the mythical Ferrari 250 GTO. However, in the mid-60s, Bizzarrini decided to produce his own sports car using the Iso Grifo base. And soon, he introduced the Bizzarrini GT5300 Strada.
The Strada was a semi-racing model Bizzarrini transformed into a road going coupe. Under the hood was a Chevrolet 5.3-liter V8 engine; hence, the name, GT 5300. They tuned the motor to produce higher HP ratings. Also, they moved it as far back as possible for the best weight distribution.
The 5300 GT Strada consisted of aluminum, so it was light. And that is what made it fast, even by today’s standards, making it a good basis for a racing car. Interestingly, Bizzarrini entered the GT 5300 in several races, winning some. Unfortunately, a lack of funding and competition from much stronger names made him retire from the car making business.