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Aston Martin V8 Vantage 1977

One of our members spotted today a beautiful James Bond car : the original Aston Martin V8 Vantage, launched back in 1977, and it reminded us a really amazing video of Kidston’s 6.3 liter X-Pack version of this stunning and fire-spitting Aston. Looking almost like a muscle car, this very british, loud and thirsty Vantage is today considered as a classic, although the last and more desirable X-Pack versions were built in 1988 and 1989… Would you want one ?

Bizzarrini 5300 GT America

One of our fellow members just spotted a really amazing car in Paris, and a rare sight on modern roads : a Bizzarrini 5300 GT America. Giotto Bizzarrini started working in 1957 for Ferrari, putting his hands on the 250 and 500 Testarossa, before starting to work on the fabulous Ferrari 250 GTO. But in 1961, Bizzarrini and his whole team did the “Palace revolution”, deciding to quit Enzo’s enterprise, although the reasons of this decision aren’t still very clear today. Associating first briefly with Carlo Chiti he quits his associate not long after, deciding to create his own company Autostar in Livourne. Back then, he designed the very first Lamborghini V12 for the first car of Ferrucio, the 350 GT, and builded the Ferrari 250 GT Drogo “Breadvan” for count Giovanni Volpi, who wanted to upgrade his Ferrari 250 GT SWB to GTO Specification, because Ferrari had refused to sell him one of their 250 GTO.

In 1962 he contacts Isothermos Isetta and Renzo Rivolta with the idea of building their own sports cars, creating the Iso Rivolta bodied by Bertone, then the A3/L revealed at Turin’s 1963 motorshow. He decides to build a racing car, the A3/C designed by young Giorgetto Giugiaro, with the Chevrolet Corvette’s engine prepared by Bizzarrini himself. The 5.3 liter 4 carburetors american engine copes with 400 horsepower, taking the Iso to almost 300 km/h, with levels of performance and grip of Ferrari’s new 275 GTB. In 1965 though he decides to build it under his own name, calling it the Bizzarrini 5300 GT, with two versions : the Strada (road) with a softer 365 horsepower version of the engine and the Corsa (racing). One year later, targetting the american market and wanting to export his sports car he decided to build the 5300 GT America. But because of his obsession with racing cars, Bizzarrini never focused on the series production, building less than 10 America, 2 Corsa, and around 100 Strada versions.

In 1969, Bizzarrini had to ceize his activity for financial reasons, ending one of Italian’s best sports car history, and started working for Opel and General Motors as a consultant. So just imagine the surprise to see one of 7 Bizzarrini 5300 GT America, on the road, parked outside in Paris…

Text : Mickael B. © Images : Bertrand D. ©