Thursday, September 10, 2009


Jesse Labate identified the mystery Mach 5 lookalike in yesterday's San Diego picture post:
The car is a Bizzarrini P538.

The designer, Giottio Bizzarrini, was an engineer at Alfa Romeo, Ferrari (he is responsible for the 250 GTO) and then formed ATS with some fellow ex-Ferrari engineers after Enzo chased off all his best people from Ferrari. After that, Iso Grifo where he made his (IMO) best looking car, the
A3C, which is stunning with the riveted aluminum body- I actually saw one of those in person un-painted once, just amazing to look at! Finally, he formed Bizzarrini, and the car you saw (the P538) was one of the results. The car you photographed would either have a period Corvette V8 or a Lamborghini V12 engine.

Also, believe it or not, the "ultra low flyby" plane has been re-identified by several people (first by MeanOnSunday and George Chappel), and Tim H. agrees. It's actually a Mirage F-1.

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