Ferrari 250 TR, GTO, Breadvan are all prodigal babies of Giotto Bizzarrini, the mythical car engineer. He worked for Ferrari from 1957 as a developer, designer, skilled test driver, and chief engineer for five years. He developed the Ferrari 250 TR (Testarossa), Ferrari 250 GT SWB (Short Wheelbase Berlinetta or Berlinetta Passo Corto), and 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO . The best cars of its times He was then eventually fired and joined Automobili Turismo e Sport (ATS), a company started by the ex-Ferrari engineers. At ATS he worked on upgrading chassis #2819 GT, a Ferrari 250 GT SWB, to GTO specifications for Count Giovanni Volpi. This resulted in the Ferrari 250 GT SWB Drogo also known as the Breadvan or camionette in french. Not a cute car indeed, but it may have become even more famous than GTO: it was 7 km/h faster than GTO at Le Hunaudires straight at Le Mans, but a broken driveshaft meant the end of the race
Iso Grifo A3C Bizzarrini the Competition version
Giotto Bizzarrini built 20 ISO Grifo competition versions named ISO Grifo A3C, C for Competizione or Corsa. A new lightweight riveted aluminum body was designed and built by Carrozzeria Sport Auto Drogo and the 400 bhp engine was moved further back in the chassis into the drivers cabin. This is a must for the car enthusiast since aluminum body are costly to repair if damaged but otherwise suffer less from corrosion. The American V8 engine is also easy to repair at a much lower cost than Italian equivalent V12 engines of this time. The car was targeting endurance races and entered the 1964 and 1965 Le Mans 24 hour, 1965 Nrburgring 1000 and 1965 Sebring. It achieved a Le Mans class win in both years and a 9th overall in 1965 with no factory support!! A3Cs were one of the fastest cars on Le Mans straight line in both years, as 250 Breadvan earlie. Thanks to Le Mans Classic, these rare cars are back on track again.
1965 Iso A3C Bizzarrini Grifo B0219 (titled as 1966 as it was first sold in 1966)
Offered here is one of the original 20 ISO Grifo A3C with the very rare Carrozzeria Sport Auto Drogo body cars with their trademark numerous exposed rivets covering the entire body. ISO A3C Vin B-0219 was sold new in 1966 to the famous Pierre de Siebenthal , the Factory Bizzarrini driver. The car was sold without engine and we can suppose that the car was destined to be raced. De Siebenthal then sold the car to his client in Switzerland and car was registered in 1969 with a 5300 V8 Engine.
Then the car remained in Switzerland for 20 years before being sold to Italy in the 80 and put in storage for a other 20 years. Highly documented with Swiss imports papers and all the customs documentation; B-0219 is a fantastic ISO A3C Drogo Riveted race car ready to win again
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