The 5300 SI Spyder was on display at the 1966 Geneva Motorshow and 104 production road-going cars would soon follow. Only three examples were fitted with the Spyder body. The Geneva show car was given an all-alloy body, retractable head lights, and seats that were incorporated directly into the body. Two more cars were created in 1967 and 1968 by Turin's Stile Italia (SI), and both had minor differences to the Geneva Show Car.
The Chevrolet V8 engine with its four Weber 45 DCOE Carburetors produced an impressive 350 horsepower. The car has a four-speed manual gearbox and weighs just over 1200 kg.Also photographed at :
Giotto Bizzarrini made his claim in the world of Italian sports cars early in his career when he worked on the Ferrari 250 GTO. After many conflicts with Enzo Ferrari, he left Ferrari in 1961. Soon, after a short stint with ATS and Iso Rivolta, he decided to design his own car, the Strada 5300. It was as sleek as they came in 1966, and capable of incredible speeds. He decided that he needed something special for his most elite customers, so he went to the tiny design shop of Stile Italia (thus the S.I.) and designed his open-top cars. after debuting the prototype, two production Targas were constructed. This example was put on the show circuit in 1968, and shared the cover of Road and Track magazine with the Bizzarrini Manta in 1969. It was purchased in Italy in 1983 by the current owner, who undertook a lengthy restoration in California, assisted by a constant dialogue with the Italian craftsmen in Livorno who originally constructed it.
Bizzarrini began as a small Italian firm doing prototype work for ISO. Later, highly sophisticated examples such as the one shown were manufactured under their own name. This car is one of only 2 production Bizzarrini Spyders. It was styled by Stile Italia Stodios, and won a 'Best in Class' award at Pebble Beach.