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1965 Bizzarrini A3/C: A Le Mans Underdog Story
Ousted from a successful career as a chief engineer at Ferrari, Giotto Bizzarrini went off to build his own racing machines to compete on the international stage. Powered by a monstrous small block V8, this very car—Bizzarrini A3/C No. 0222—would go on to win its class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1965.
and as always the story behind it.
As with every car featured in a Petrolicious film, this week’s low-slung slash of red has a story to tell. It’s one that includes a who’s who of iconic 1960s Italian manufacturers, engineers, and designers, but there’s an international element as well; in 1965, this car, Bizzarrini A3/C No. 0222, won the 5000cc and over class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Chevrolet V8 power. Now, some 50-odd years later, we sit down with our friend and notable collector (though he won’t call himself as such) Bruce Meyer, the owner of this remarkable machine, to revisit its history and enjoy it in motion at the Thermal Club in Palm Desert, California.