Jay Leno Samples 1965 Le Mans Class-Winning Bizzarrini Racer

In terms of cars driven and reviewed by former late-night talk show host Jay Leno, this 1965 Bizzarrini, which won its class at Le Mans, ranks among the best.

The story of this racer starts in the 1960’s when Giotto Bizzarrini was working at Ferrari. The engineer was the father of the Ferrari 250 GTO but was unceremoniously fired from the Italian manufacturer, alongside the rest of the Ferrari racing team, in 1961.

Upset, Bizzarrini went on to work at a selection of other Italian companies, including ATS, before creating the car you see here, which won the 5,000-cc and over class at the 1965 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The owner of this particular car is Bruce Meyer, and the stories he shares with Leno about the vehicle’s history are truly fascinating, so be sure to watch the video after the jump!

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  • Six_Tymes

    its awesome. I remember reading about Bizzarrini many years ago. this is the first time Iv seen video of this. thanks for posting

    • I know right… I’m lucky to once sit on it, not particularly comfortable but it felt so amazing.

  • Six Thousand Times

    So cool that it’s in its original state after a series of owners. Lovely.

  • Isn’t this last week video? But Bizzarrini is still one of my favorite car of all time. Especially in the 5300 Corse version (Or the Iso Grifo A3/C predecessor, this car has long history and I can literally bang on about it here).

  • A BEAUTIFUL CAR, EVEN WITH THE SILLY NUMBER ON IT. THAT’S A WILD SETUP IN THE TRUNK TO COOL THE BRAKES. I WOULD HAVE LIKED MORE EXPLANATION OF ALL THE AERO DESIGN FEATURES.

    • CarCzarDesigner

      I agree, the numbers aren’t necessary and look silly driving around town. Then again they are painted on and historic. Most people in traffic, would think Boy-Racer is going overboard trying to get attention, with his fancy red sports car. Little do they know this is a genuine Champion of the greatest Gran Prix of all!

  • CarCzarDesigner

    Wow! What a beauty!

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