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Bizzarrini GT Strada 5300 (1965 - 1969)

Last updated 22 March 2013

Incredible styling and intricate chassis engineering, American V8 power was more than ample to give Bizzarrini's first car Ferrari-beating performance
GT Strada's Chevrolet V8 does lose it supercar kudos points, though
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The Bizzarrini GT 5300 Strada's performance and styling were outstanding, so why weren't more of them made? Certainly, its creator, Giotto Bizzarrini, was knew what it took to build a top-drawer supercar. Taking the vast wealth of experience he'd gained at Alfa Romeo and Ferrari, he set about creating the delectable GT Strada.

It was effectively a modified lightweight Iso Grifo clothed in a stunning and extremely low-line Giugiaro-styled set of clothes, but it had a style all of its own. Unusually, the GT Strada was offered with glass fibre or aluminium bodywork. Just like the Iso it was based on, the GT Strada was powered by a Chevrolet V8, which endowed it with a very favourable power-to-weight ratio and huely impressive acceleration. But it wasn't an easy car to master, belying its racing car heritage - it was best tackled by gifted drivers.