ISO Grifo Seven Litre

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Renzo Rivolta was a successful industrialist in the sector ofRefrigeration just outside Milan in Italy. During the post-warperiod of the 1950's, he branched into motor-scooters and thenmicrocars, manufacturing the Isetta Bubblecar which was verysuccessfully licenced to other manufacturers; most notably BMW whowent on to build over 130,000 examples. In 1962, Renzo Rivoltamoved into the luxury performance motorcar segment revealing, atthe Turin Motor Show, his sleek 2+2 'Rivolta IR300' competingdirectly with established marques such as Maserati and Ferrari. In1963, Giotto Bizzarrini (previously of Ferrari) provided mechanicalexpertise for Iso to refine the drivetrain and platform for a newBerlinetta Coupé with the bodywork penned by Gioretto Guigaro atBertone.The new Iso prototype 'Grifo A3/L' was revealed at the Turinshow in 1963 to overwhelming approval. First production Iso Grifo'sfollowed and all used reassembled and blueprinted ChevroletCorvette 5.4 litre engines until a seven-litre option wasintroduced in 1968. With some detailing modifications, such as asubtle bonnet scoop, necessary to accommodate the taller engine anda black band across the rear roof pillar to denote the car as aseven-Litre, a total of 322 Series I Grifo's were built before thedesign received a facelift in 1972 after which time a further 78(Series II) Grifo's were built. In total 90 Grifo's were specifiedin seven-Litre form with only four being built in righthanddrive.This Iso Grifo is the 1968 Earls Court Show car and is one ofonly four righthand drive, super-rare seven-litre Grifo's built.Whilst it was priced similarly to the Lamborghini Miura and FerrariDaytona in its day and with performance statistics to match, it hasonly been in more recent years that the collectability of Iso'sfinest cars has been comparable to the cars that the Iso's weredesigned to compete with when new.The knowledgeable owner, for the past 28 years, has been therecognised UK authority on Iso & Bizzarrini cars. Consequentlythe car is well published and its history very well documented.Purchased in 1986 without its original 427 cu in, 390bhp unit, a454 cu in replacement with 0.030" overbore delivers a displacementof 7.5 Litres. Aesthetically the engine bay remains very much as itwould have been when the car was new, in both show condition andphysical layout. Respected V8 Specialists 'Knight Racing' completedthe engine rebuild and dynamometer tests record 490bhp at5,500rpm.The engine is mated to a modern Tremec TKO600 five-speed gearboxcapable of handling this mighty power. This unit has a very closematch of ratios to the ZF gearbox that Iso originally optioned onits models. Considerable care and expense has been invested intothe manufacture of a stainless steel exhaust system which, althoughof bigger bore, is true to the subtle profile lines of the originaland sings with suitable throb and growl.The vendor relates that starting is reliable and the car quicklywarms. Handling is tight and power delivery instant and somewhatrelentless - the horizon arriving often quicker than anticipated.The poise of the car on the move is reported to be well balancedand purposeful; the brakes firm and strong. It is clear that agreat deal of time and effort have been invested into this car toensure that the driving experience is reliable yet exhilarating.Pampered, not raced, this Grifo is a true credit to its fastidiousowner. The black leather interior remains entirely original andbeautifully patinated. The red coachwork is virtually flawless andhas a deep, rich lustre. Wheels are Campagnolo Elektron withcorrect magnesium alloy centre spinners.High profile awards for the car include a First in Class trophyfor 'Best of Both Worlds' in the Cartier Style et Luxe at theGoodwood Festival of Speed in 2004.A rare opportunity to acquire one of the most powerful, rarestand most elegant-looking sporting GT's of the period.

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This item is part of June 6th Specialist Classic and Sports Car Auction
 Saturday, Jun 6, 2015 | 10:00 AM  EUR (BST)
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ISO Grifo Seven Litre
ISO Grifo Seven Litre
Lot number: 255
Seller: Historics At Brooklands
Event: June 6th Specialist Classic and Sports Car Auction
Ends: Saturday, June 6 | 10:00 AM  EUR (BST)

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