Press release by VGM Motors:
" After a five year hiatus the Bizzarrini name is set to once again reappear on the occasion of the upcoming 75th Geneva Salon.
The new owners of the historical brand, which shot to global fame in the 1960s with a series of attention-grabbing powerful sports cars, will present a new concept that is as yet firmly under wraps, although they have outlined exciting plans for this revival which include a new motorbike, remaking two of the brand's classic models, and a new 'modern' sports car.
The firmest of the sketchy details revealed so far centre around plans for a new bi-cylinder motorcycle. With an engine reportedly somewhere between 500 to 600cc, it is described by Bizzarrini as 'innovative' and destined for Supermotorad competition.
The new owners of the Bizzarrini name describe the most recent incantation of the marque as follows: "Thanks to a friendship among real estate entrepreneurs, we made the acquaintance of Mr. Mariani, owner of the Bizzarrini trademark.
"Mr. Viti and Mr. Mariani immediately got along very well and the both contributed to the creation, on 30th April 2002, of a company called VGM Motors s.r.l., located in Siziano (PV), Number 2 Via Guido Rossa," they conclude.
The new company, which took over ownership of the Bizzarrini name claims that it "aims at bringing this once well-favoured brand to its former reputation."
From new, purpose-built workshops, VGM Motors plan to begin building the famous GT Strada and P 538 models, while a 'new edition' of the former, with modern features and technology is also planned.
These ambitious plans look set the thrust the famous and still highly regarded Bizzarrini name, with all its fascinating and tortuous history, firmly back into the public eye once again.
BIZZARRINI - BRIEF HISTORY 1963 TO 1969
With a background at Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and Iso (plus his first car which was a sport coupe based on a second-hand Fiat 500B in 1949), Giotto Bizzarrini was a talented and experienced engineer.
In the early 1960's he decided to design and build his own car, at Livorno. The Grifo A3, later known as the 5300 GT Strada, was released at the 1963 Turin Motorshow and borrowed heavily from Bizzarini's then most recent creation, the Iso Grifo.
Apparently, according to reports, "the show car was finished right at the last minute, its bare aluminium bodywork being shown with a distinctive glossed cork finish achieved by polishing the panels with cork mats on the end of electric drills!"
Most famous of the Bizzarrini line was the 5300 GT Strada, which was built between 1964 and 1968, while the new owners of the brand name plan to build this car once again
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