1966 Iso Autoveicoli Iso Grifo Series I Coupe
Bleu Monthlery (Dark Blue Metallic), over a leather interior
In 1963, Giotto Bizzarrini designed the Iso Grifo A3/L (L for Lusso) for Renzo Rivolta, who was looking for a follow-up to his Iso Rivolta GT. The body was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro at Bertone, who also provided the chassis, while Bizzarrini put his expertise in the mechanicals. From the original Bizzarrini prototype evolved one of the most elegant Gran Turismo cars ever produced.
To power the Iso Grifo, a Corvette 327cid motor, in 350bhp spec from factory, was coupled to a Borg-Warner 4-speed toploader transmission. These engines were ordered in the United States, but were completely disassembled and blueprinted before installation in the Grifo, increasing output to 390hp (290kW) in its production form. A de Dion suspension and four-wheel disc braking system lifted from the large Jaguars of the time were chosen for handling and braking duties.
An intoxicating blend of Italian design and American power, the Iso Grifo is captivating at a standstill, and eye-opening on the road. Jerry Titus wrote in the “Sports Car Graphic” July 1966 issue “There’s little doubt, once you’re seated behind the wheel, that the Grifo is a performance GT in every sense of the word. …we rate the Grifo as one of the top GTs in existence.”
This Iso Grifo was imported into the US from Europe in 2014 and won its class at the Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance (near San Francisco) in July 2015 on its first outing in the US