Friday, October 14, 2011

Bizzarrini GT 5300 Barn Find For Sale And Probably Sold!

by Mike -

A Bizzarrini GT 5300 was listed on the US eBay site for a few hours today and has apparently sold already. It was in storage for 30 years and appears to be mostly original with one owner since 1973.

I spoke to the dealer twice today who just happens to be located near me in California even though the car is on the US East Coast. In the picture above you can see that the headlight covers are missing and the car is sitting a little high in the front.

Above on the rocker panel and door bottom there is evidence of the electrolysis issue with aluminum bodied cars from the 1960s - this can be expensive to fix.

The white seat coverings are unusual but may be original. The steering wheel and dash look good. The blue carpet also seems unusual but maybe the leather is blue? I cannot tell from the pictures.

Notice the left valve cover is black and the right valve cover is the correct (for a Bizzarrini) Corvette finned aluminum cover. They both work it just looks odd and raises the question - why are they different?

I believe that this car has not run for a long time. There is no battery nor is there a fan. The good news is that it appears that most of the important parts are here and the seller said so as well. 

If you look at the first picture you see that the front bumper is missing as is the Bizzarrini nose badge and I cannot see the two holes used for the nose badge. This raises the possibility of a front end collision where the nose badge holes were filled in and the bumper was not repaired or replaced.

This is chassis number IA3*0276 which has been "lost" to the Bizzarrini community since the beginning of its life.

This is the third "lost" Bizzarrini GT 5300 found in the US in the past few months. I wrote about another one here and here.

This is a very interesting find but the big question for me is why did the owner park this car for 30 years? The answer may help understand how much it will cost to get this car back in running order and what the value will be after it is running or restored, for example, can the original engine be saved?.

Please share your comments with me and other readers.

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