Paris

7 February 2018

1968 Bizzarrini 1900 GT Europa

  • Chassis no. 150 0521
  • Engine no. 0058775

Without Reserve

Documents: Belgian Certificat d'Immatriculation


  • Believed to be the prototype 1900 GT Europa
  • One of just 12 originally manufactured Europas


Following the Palace Revolt in 1961, Bizzarrini left Ferrari and eventually set up on his own in 1966, producing the 5300 Strada and P538 sports racer. However, Bizzarrini also sought to produce a more affordable sports car, resulting in the 1900 GT Europa in 1967.

Unlike the 1900 Europa’s older brother, which was powered by a Chevrolet V8, the smaller Bizzarrini drew its power from the robust 1900-cc Opel engine, developing 110 bhp and mounted amidship between the front axle and the driver. Weighing just 650 kg (thanks to the use of fiberglass for its body) and boasting independent suspension, a limited-slip differential and four-wheel disc brakes, the Europa was a potent prospect. It is believed that just 12 were built.

Sold to Giorgio Giordanengo after the factory closure, the car was fitted with an Alfa Romeo engine and five-speed gearbox in its early life but was later fitted with a proper Opel engine. Giordanengo kept the car for 25 years before selling it to Paul Kawan of Belgium. Currently with a subsequent Belgian owner, it is offered for sale with a number of invoices, highlighting the ongoing maintenance this car has received in recent years.

Bizzarrinis are rare cars indeed, with the 1900 GT Europa rarer still. This Europa represents an infrequent opportunity to acquire a sleek GT from one of the masters of car design.





• Sans doute le prototype de l'Europa 1900 GT
• Seulement 12 exemplaires produits

A la suite de la "révolution de palais" de 1961, Bizzarrini quittait Ferrari pour établir en 1966 sa propre entreprise, donnant naissance à la 5300 Strada et la P538 de compétition. Mais Bizzarrini caressait aussi l'idée de produire une voiture de sport plus abordable, ce qui débouchait en 1967 sur l'Europa 1900 GT.

Contrairement à la grande sœur de l'Europa, qui était équipée d'un V8 Chevrolet, la petite Bizzarrini recevait le robuste moteur Opel 1 900 cm3. Il affichait une puissance de 110 ch et il était placé à l'avant, entre l'essieu et le conducteur. Avec un poids limité à 650 kg (grâce à l'emploi de fibre de verre pour la carrosserie), une suspension indépendante, un différentiel autobloquant et des freins à disque sur les quatre roues, l'Europa était une voiture prometteuse. L'on estime la production à 17 unités seulement.

Le présent exemplaire est accompagné d'un Certificat d'origine signé de la main de Giotto Bizzarrini lui-même, dans lequel il indique qu'il s'agit du prototype de la série. Vendue à Giorgio Giordanengo après la fermeture de l'usine, la voiture a été équipée d'un moteur Alfa Romeo et d'une boîte cinq rapports, mais elle a reçu par la suite un moteur Opel correct. Giordanengo a gardé la voiture pendant 25 ans avant de la vendre à Paul Kawan, en Belgique. Actuellement entre les mains d'un deuxième propriétaire belge, elle est proposée à la vente avec de nombreuses factures qui permettent de vérifier l'entretien régulier dont elle a bénéficié ces dernières années.

Les Bizzarrini sont des voitures particulièrement rares, et l'Europa 1900 GT l'est encore plus. Celle-ci représente une opportunité d'acquérir une sportive brillante, réalisée par un des maîtres de la conception automobile.

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