Yesterday, I posted a pic which made a tongue-in-cheek reference to a car’s size relative to the human who might drive it:
…and while this Alfa Berlina is not a small car, others of the era certainly are, even though if viewed without some perspective they might seem quite large.
Here’s an example of what I’m talking about.
I have always loved the concept of Bizzarrini cars: their breathtaking design, their powerful (American) engines and of course, the astounding automotive engineering skill of Giotto Bizzarrini himself.
Here’s the 1967 Bizzarrini 5300 Strada model:
Now I think we can all agree that this is a gorgeous car, and the 400bhp Corvette engine under the hood doesn’t hurt its appeal, either. The problem is that the long hood makes the car look quite big — “Corvette big”, even — but when put into perspective, the Strada is anything but:
Now that we’ve established the actual size of the thing, here’s a trio of different Bizzarini Strada models and colors:
…and its interior isn’t at all displeasing:
Finally, allow me to show you the Strada’s racing stablemate, the P538 (which won its class at Le Mans in 1965 and placed ninth overall):
It is not good for this old man’s heart to look upon such things. I think the word is “palpitations”, and I got ’em.