Car Crush: Bizzarrini P538

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we love the Chevy-motored Le Mans rarity from Bizzarrini

In 1966 Bizzarrini entered this brand-new racing spider in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The low and curvaceous body was penned by Giugiaro. The engine, unusually for the Italian car maker, was a 5.3 litre Chevy V-8.

The P538 denotes the ‘posterior’ position of the engine, and its 5.3 displacement, administered by eight cylinders.

This beautifully restored version of an original P538 is believed to be the first of three such cars originally built by Bizzarrini himself in the late 1960s, following the run of seven he built for Le Mans competition.

We love the obtuse angles, the unexpected intakes and louvres of the design.

Purposeful, but with an ever-vigilant eye for the beautiful.

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