42 million was given to Bizzarrini for Fake F1

Some of our readers may not need to introduce Giotto Bizzarrini, of course it is not mandatory to know him, so for the sake of those who do not know who we are talking about, we will start briefly with his introduction.

The Italian specialist graduated in engineering in the early 1950s from the University of Pisa and soon after graduating from Alfa Romeo as a design engineer, where he worked at the first Giulietta caste. He did not spend much time with Alfa as a test pilot, but he soon switched to Maranello.

Until recently, Ferrari 250 GTO, known as the most expensive car of all time, came out of the hands of Bizzarrini

The Ferrari 250 GTO, known as (one of) the most valuable cars of today, is associated with Bizzarrini’s name, but in addition to the design, he has worked as an engine developer and test driver on several other models. The engineer founded his own company, Societa Autostart, in 1962, which then designed Lamborghini’s then-top resource, the V12, which was used until 2010 with minor modifications.

The specialist, who also has a tendency to race, received other orders, and in 1965 a French businessman and “gentleman driver,” Regis Fraissinet, ordered a one-seater race car from him.

Bizzarrini also saw the work for him: with a fiberglass body drawn on a steel tubular frame in keeping with the customs of the age and his favorite powerplant, with a 1962 5.4-liter V8 Corvette engine hovered in his workshop from 375 to 420 horsepower at the factory, and he also delivered the form car with the ZF gearbox engaged.

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42 million were given for this fake F1

There was only one problem: the race car did so well that Fraissinet retreated after a single test drive of a rabbit tail…

“It was a finished dragster, it accelerated terribly! We took him to a small test track near Livorno, where Mr. Fraissinet could also try it out. He depressed the gas, accelerated for a moment, then stopped abruptly. He got out, said he was afraid, he would no longer drive this car, ”the designer explained in a later recollection.

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The customer pushes the wheel (Photo: Bringatrailer.com)

The French chief was then compensated by Bizzarrini for a few shares, and in 1966 he wrote about the car as a “secret F1 prototype of Bizarrini” in an article published in Road & Track for marketing purposes to catch investors, despite the fact that they were probably not. serious Formula 1 boarding plans.

The Bizzarrini Monoposto – because that’s the full name of the model – eventually remained with him until the star designer’s death, but was sold to the U.S. in the 1980s, where it was restored to an immaculate condition by 2008. The car was finally auctioned off in early May, at $ 115,000, at today’s exchange rate of approx. He paid 42 million forints for it.

We would like to know whether the new owner will simply stop the unique prototype in the garage or take the specialty for a few laps by surpassing the courage of Fraissinet.

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He would not have hung out of the F1 field until 1966, the wings appeared just after that (Photo: Bringatrailer.com)


Source: Vezess by www.vezess.hu.

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