To celebrate the 40th Anniversary,
Ital Design showed at the 2008
Geneva Motor Show their very first showcar,
the 1968 Bizzarrini Manta.
The chassis of this car started as a Bizzarrini
P538 (P stands for "posteriore", that means rear-engine, 538 for
It was the third chassis (out of 4 cars in total!), and was listed for the 1966 race at Le Mans.
In early 1968, Giugiaro
contacted Bizzarrini, because he wanted to
start his design-company with a breathtaking showcar.
Bizzarrini gave him the rebodied Le Mans racer, and Giugiaro did a phantastic job.
The car shows a lot of glass.
Imagine, this color combination, back in 1968...
Later, the car was recolored, in a boring silver,
but during the restoration the car got back its original color-scheme.
The Manta is a three-seater, with the driver seated in the middle.
In 2005, the car won in Pebble Beach first price in class (American drivetrain with European coachwork).
engine: V8, 5.3-litre Chevrolet Corvette "307ci"
power: up to 400hp
top speed: 330km/h (?)
track: front 147,0cm / rear 148,4cm