Giotto Bazzarrini has contributed more to the automotive world than most of us realize. Anyone
who has admired or lusted after a Lamborghini, a Ferrari GTO or even an Alfa Romeo Giulietta
has lusted after a work of this master engineer who has often worked in the background.
Born in Livorno, Italy in 1926 into a family of means Bizzarrini later trained to become an engineer
at the University of Pisa. After finishing his studies he went to work for Alfa where he was instrumental
in developing the chassis of Alfa's first and very successful foray into mass marketing; the Giulietta.
Somewhat like the Forrest Gump of that golden moment in Italian car making post WW2, Giotto soon
jumped to Ferrari where his engineering solutions were imprinted on the 250 series and it ultimate
derivative the GTO. Unfortunately, Bizzarrini's strong personality and that of Enzo's couldn't co-exist
and so he fell victim to the purge in 1961.
After a brief detour at ATS, he found collaboration with Ferrucio Lamborghini
developing that marque's V12 that would define this challenger to Ferrari. Finally, to take some of the spotlight
that was rightfully his, he placed his own name on a version of Iso Rivolta's Grifo-a car that he developed- leading to the
fantastic Bizzarrini Strada 5300GT, a hybrid of Italian styling and chassis development teamed with reliable and
inexpensive American, in this case Chevy, V8 power.
The Strada unworldly in pictures is more so in the flesh with lines that shouldn't even
be on the same car but are and work beautifully. The Strada is a fitting statement to Bizzarrini's brilliance and is his most
visible calling card.