Low, wide and brooding, attitude hunkered and flared of nostril, Bizzarrini chassis IA3*0222 is all business. There’s no room for styling addenda here, just singularity of purpose as befits a Le Mans weapon. This car wasn’t designed by a committee.
In many ways it mirrors its creator, maverick engineer Giotto Bizzarrini, a man who, for a while, stood at the epicentre of the Italian motor sport and supercar arenas. This is a complicated story, as the car started out as an Iso and was to race as such. After leaving Ferrari, where he had masterminded the classic 250 GTO, Giotto Bizzarrini became part of the small team that developed the Iso Rivolta GT car.
Iso’s next step was the Grifo two-seater, which was to exist in two very different forms – the A3/L, a luxurious road car, and the A3/C, Bizzarrini’s baby, which was born to race. ‘222’ is the finest expression of the A3/C.
Just 23 A3/Cs were built between 1963 and 1965 – never enough for the model to be homologated as a GT car – and the specifications varied. The car shown and described here is the ultimate race version: ‘222’.