Bizzarrini Manta: Inside a bizarre '60s concept supercar

The Bizzarrini Manta was the starting point for one of the world's greatest auto design firms. And it was lost for almost a decade.

American power

Despite its Italian roots, the Manta is Detroit-powered. Behind the passenger compartment is a 400 horsepower 5.4-liter Chevrolet V8 engine.

With the engine in the back rather than the front, designer Giugario decided to simply let the car's shape flow from its engineering. He didn't give the Manta a needlessly long hood or try to hide its long back end. Instead, the car's profile follows a clean, simple line up over the engine and the passenger compartment then down to the ground in front.

  @peterdrives - Last updated August 24 2012 09:35 AM ET

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