The Bizzarrini 5300 GT was one of the most extreme vehicles of the 1960s. Its ingenious creator, Giotto Bizzarrini, worked as designer at Ferrari and collaborator at Lamborghini and Iso Rivolta before setting up his own company to pursue his dream of building his very own Gran Turismo.
The 275 GTB Ferrari, with bodywork designed by Pininfarina in Turin and manufacturing carried out by Scaglietti in Modena, was an exceptional sports model which closely resembled a sports car, with the cockpit placed very far back as the long hood concealed a powerful V12 motor.
Both these exceptional cars will be exhibited in Padua 2019 by the Gino Macaluso per l'auto storica Foundation whose desire is to celebrate the legacy of Italian cars which combined technological innovation, humanistic culture and craftsmanship with the beauty of design, influencing the last century's society.
This philosophy is rooted in Gino Macaluso's very own multifaceted background: he was a professional Fiat navigator winning the 1972 European Rally and 1974 Campionato Italiano Conduttori (Italian Racer Champions); he had a degree in Architecture, a career in high-end watch-making Design and Management and he was a prominent figure of car industry institutions acting as ACI-CSAI president and FIA advisor in the 2000s.
Throughout the years, Macaluso gathered both cars which won the most important competitions and those which piqued his passion for industrial design, creating a collection which is well-known and admired all over the world. Thanks to his fleet, it is possible to define the important stages of the rallying and competitive landscape from the 60s to the 90s, an exceptional era due to the legendary challenges between pilots, the innovation brought by the cars to the competitions and the resounding success racing had with the public.
Macaluso's dream was to make this collection a cultural reference point and an opportunity to meet car scholars, collectors and enthusiasts. This dream has become a reality thank to the Foundation, which takes part in the most important national and international events.