Eye candy: 1968 Bizzarrini P538

Roosevelt Island, NYC.

Bizzarrini S.p.A. was an automotive manufacturer in the 1960s. Founded by former Alfa Romeo, Ferrari and ISO engineer, Giotto Bizzarrini, the company built a small number of highly developed and advanced sport and racing automobiles before failing in 1969.

The P538 or P538S was a rear mid-engined race car launched in late 1965 or early 1966. At least two P538s were built with Chevrolet Corvette 327-cu.in. V-8s, and two more with 4.0- and 3.5-liter Lamborghini V12 engines.

The first V-8 powered car debuted at Le Mans in 1966, with Swiss drivers Edgar Berney and Andre Wicky, but records indicate that the team retired after three hours with a cooling problem. A second team in a production-based Bizzarrini A3/C, driven by Sam Posey and Massimo Natili, was disqualified after a pit lane violation, possibly while returning with serious frame damage.

American Ferrari driver Mike Gammino then commissioned a Lamborghini 4.0-liter V-12 powered car, which he raced once. Bizzarrini attempted to build a second, 3.5-liter V-12 car for Le Mans, but was unable to complete it before bankruptcy (source).

Credit: David Traver Adolphus

~ by velofinds on December 9, 2009.

One Response to “Eye candy: 1968 Bizzarrini P538”

  1. Thanks for the shout–see the original story here http://www.hemmings.com/hsx/stories/2008/07/01/hmn_feature7.html.

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