Paris

7 February 2018

2005 Magnate P708 Barchetta

  • Chassis no. P708-0001

Without Reserve

Documents: Bill of Sale


  • A modern take on the legendary Bizzarrini P538
  • Fitted with a mid-mounted Chevrolet LS7 and a CIMA six-speed manual
  • Developed at a cost in excess of $3,500,000


Built as a modern revival of Bizzarrini’s iconic P538 racing car, the P708 was built and designed in cooperation with Giotto Bizzarrini himself and German automotive designer Stefan Schulze. Just like the original, at its heart was a powerful Chevy V-8, this time a 7.0-litre LS7 mated to a six-speed CIMA manual transmission. Its carbon fibre bodywork, built by Magnate (Siam Intermagnate Co., Ltd.) of Thailand, and development costs exceeded $3,500,000 in the pursuit of building a car that could rival the supercar establishment.

Believed to have been initially constructed and designed from 2005–2009, this car was shown at a few shows in an effort to drum up interest before traveling to Germany for further display and to sort out the car’s electronics. However, the project stopped at that point and the car was left in Germany until 2013 until it was purchased by its current collector, an enthusiast and fan of the Bizzarrini marque, in a dismantled state. He took it upon himself to bring the car to the U.S. and finish the build. Now fully functional, the car has accumulated about 1,000 road miles with the current owner, who commented that it is ‘a rocket ship to drive’ thanks to its exceptional power-to-weight ratio.

An exciting glimpse into ‘what might have been’ had Bizzarrinis still been in production today, this is a true one-off automobile developed to celebrate and honour one of the most fascinating cars of the 1960s and is a faithful tribute to a wonderful Italian–American automotive hybrid.

Please note that this car is titled in Montana as a 1974 Bizzarrini P708 Barchetta.





• Interprétation moderne de la Bizzarrini P538
• Équipée d'un Chevrolet LS7 en position centrale et d'une boîte manuelle CIMA six rapports
• Budget de création supérieur à 3 500 000 $

Conçue comme une version moderne de l'emblématique Bizzarrini P538 de compétition, la P708 a été conçue et fabriquée en coopération avec Giotto Bizzarrini lui-même, ainsi qu'avec le designer automobile allemand Stefan Schulze. Tout comme l'originale, elle est équipée d'un puissant V8 Chevrolet, mais cette fois un 7 litres LS7 accolé à une boîte manuelle CIMA six rapports. Sa carrosserie en fibre de verre a été réalisée par Magnate (Siam Intermagnate Co., Ltd.) en Thaïlande, et les coûts de développement ont dépassé 3 500 000 $, dans le but de produire une voiture capable de rivaliser avec les supercars les plus réputées.

Cette voiture aurait été conçue et réalisée de 2005 à 2009 et n'a fait que de rares apparitions lors d'expositions, dans le but d'attiser la curiosité avant de se rendre en Allemagne pour y être à nouveau exposée et pour mettre au point la gestion électronique. Mais le projet s'est alors arrêté et la voiture est restée en Allemagne jusqu'en 2013, quand elle a été achetée par son actuel propriétaire, un passionné de la marque Bizzarrini. Elle était alors démontée. L'acheteur a pris la décision de transporter la voiture aux États-Unis et d'en terminer la fabrication. Maintenant complètement fonctionnelle, cette machine a totalisé quelque 1 600 km entre les mains de l'actuel propriétaire qui a précisé : "Au volant, c'est un vrai missile !" Elle présente en effet un rapport poids/puissance exceptionnel.

Témoin excitant de ce "qui aurait pu arriver" si les Bizzarrini étaient encore aujourd'hui en production, cette voiture unique a été conçue pour faire honneur à l'une des machines les plus fascinantes des années 1960, tout en constituant un hommage fidèle à une merveilleuse hybride italo-américaine.

Veuillez noter que cette voiture est immatriculée dans le Montana en tant que Bizzarrini P708 Barchetta 1974.

Addendum

Please kindly note this lot has entered the EU for this sale under a temporary import bond. The successful bidder must
arrange for the bond to be cancelled either by exporting the lot outside of the EU on an approved Bill of Lading with
supporting customs documentation or by paying the applicable VAT and import duties to have the lot remain in the EU.

Veuillez noter que ce lot est entrée en Union Européenne pour cette vente sous le régime de l'importation temporaire.
L'adjudicataire doit lever ce régime soit en exportant le lot en dehors de l'Union Européenne sur production d'un
connaissement approuvé et accompagné des documents douaniers le concernant, soit en payant les droits de douanes
et la TVA applicables si le lot doit rester dans l'UE.

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