Gregor Fisken – 1965 Bizzarrini 5300 GT Corsa at the Goodwood 74th Members Meeting (Photo 1)
This Bizzarrini, S/N BA4 0106, is the only right hand drive race car produced, and one of two cars entered into the 1966 Le Mans 24 hours by the Prototipi Bizzarrini S.p.A. team. With Sam Posey and Massimo Natili at the helm, the car was disqualified after crossing the pit wall line on two consecutive occasions, having managed to complete just 39 laps. The car was subsequently upgraded to a 7ltr engine at the end of 1966 (replacing the Chevrolet 5.4ltr V8).
The car was sent back to Le Mans in 1967, although its not included in the race results from that year as it was thrown out of the event by the scrutineers. With the 7ltr engine, the car reportedly managed to hit 210mph down the Mulsanne straight during the Le Mans test weekend, however the lack of preparation showed and the car was thrown out.
During the 74MM weekend, this Bizzarrini qualified in 17th place, 1 place behind the Roger Wills driven Bizzarrini and some 5 seconds off the pace of the front running Shelby American Cobra Daytona Coupe of James Cottingham. The Graham Hill Trophy race itself ended after 14 laps, with the last 7 of those under a safety car after Karsten Le Blanc hit the tyres in his 1963 AC Cobra that was too damaged to recover safely off the circuit. At that point, this Bizzarrini had climbed to 14th place.
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By Dave Adams Automotive Images on 2016-03-19 08:09:28