Iso Bizzarini - The Remarkable History Of A3/C 0222 , Exceptional Car Series 1

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Author: Richard Heseltine, Hardbound, 128 Pages, ISBN: 9781907085543, First Published, August, 2016

This book tells the fascinating story of the last and most successful of the Iso AC/3 Grifo race cars from the fabulous period of sports car racing in the mid- 1960s.

The A3/C was the creation of Giotto Bizzarrini, the engineer who developed the famed Ferrari 250 GTO.

In its short but varied racing career, which included outings with two Grand Prix drivers, ‘222’ showed itself to be one of the world’s fastest racing sports and GT cars, its top speed on the Mulsanne straight at Le Mans, nearly 190mph, bettered only by the 7-litre Ford GT Mk II.

This book celebrates the life of ‘222’ and the against-the-odds efforts of Bizzarrini, a genius with the ambition to produce the best GT race car of its era.

Iso Bizzarrini A3/C 0222 has a remarkable history. The last and most successful of the !so AC/3 Grifo race cars from the fabulous period of sports car racing in the mid-1960s, it won its class and finished in ninth place overall in the Le Mans 24 Hours of 1965.

The A3/C was the creation of Giotto Bizzarrini, the engineer who developed the celebrated Ferrari 250GTO. It first appeared at the Turin Motor Show in 1963, along with the roadgoing Iso AC3/L Grifo, and was campaigned in two seasons of international sports car racing as an Iso, with the team run by Bizzarrini.

In a short but varied racing career, which included outings with two Grand Prix drivers,'222' showed itself to be one of the world's fastest racing sports and GT cars. Its top speed on the Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans, nearly 190mph, was bettered only by the 7-litre Ford GT Mk II.

After it had retired from racing, '222' was rebadged as a Bizzarrini and sold as a road car to a colourful American living in Rome. It passed through several more owners before being completely renovated and prepared for historic car racing - where it once again achieved success at Le Mans.

Today, returned in every detail to its original race specification, it has a special place in the affections of enthusiast and car collector Bruce Meyer and resides in California.

This is the full story of '222' and the against-theodds efforts of Giotto Bizzarrini, a genius with the ambition to produce the best GT race car of its era.

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