Iso Grifo GL 1968 – USA

Inżynier Giotto Bizzarrini, projektant nadwozia Giorgetto Giugiaro i potężny silnik V8 Chevroleta pod maską – to po prostu musiało się udać. Iso Grifo wygląda jednocześnie zmysłowo i agresywnie, ale było również bardzo wygodnym samochodem typu Grand Touring. Ekskluzywny samochód powstawał w zakładach Renzo Rivolta do roku 1974, jednak wyprodukowano go w zaledwie 471 egzemplarzach. Oferowane na aukcji Grifo GL zostało dostarczone nowemu właścicielowi do Holandii w kolorze białym z czarnym wnętrzem i silnikiem o pojemności 5,4 litra oraz automatyczną skrzynią biegów. Był to jeden z zaledwie sześciu okazów Iso Grifo dostarczanych z niezwykłym szyberdachem Pavesi oraz fabryczną klimatyzację. Dopiero na początku 2000 roku samochód zmienił właściciela, a ten od razu powierzył Iso znanym specjalistom od renowacji. Grifo zyskało nowy kolor Giallo, ale także zmodernizowane zostało do najwyższej specyfikacji Iso „7-Litri”. Pod maską zagościł big-block Chevroleta połączony z nową automatyczną skrzynią. Iso otrzymało wentylowane hamulce tarczowe Porsche i wspomaganie kierownicy. Prace nad samochodem zostały zakończone w 2005 roku, a ich koszt wyniósł ponad 200000 euro. Samochód w rękach obecnego właściciela jest od 2015 roku i zyskał nowe wnętrze ze skóry w kolorze koniaku. Iso przejechało bez problemu Copperstate 1000 Road Rally w 2016 roku, zachwycając osiągami i bijąc na głowę nawet Shelby GT! Jest to jeden z najlepiej przygotowanych i efektownych okazów Grifo ostatnich lat, a licytowany będzie bez ceny minimalnej. Czekamy więc z niecierpliwością na wynik aukcyjnego pojedynku, tym bardziej, że wycena przedaucyjna opiewa na 375 – 425 tysięcy dolarów.


1968 Iso Grifo GL Series I by Bertone ©2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

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1968 Iso Grifo GL Series I by Bertone
$375,000 – $425,000
Offered Without Reserve
RM | Sotheby’s – THE ELKHART COLLECTION 23 – 24 OCTOBER 2020 – Offered on Saturday

Chassis No. GL 810191
Engine No. TO812MG

Restored by Iso experts Roberto and Federico Negri
One of only six produced with a Pavesi sunroof
Tastefully upgraded to the ultimate “7-Litri” specification
Equipped with factory air-conditioning
Veteran of the 2016 Copperstate 1000

Italian manufacturer Iso’s beautiful Grifo offered a remarkable combination of a chassis designed by Italy’s great automotive engineer Giotto Bizzarrini, a reliable Chevrolet V-8 engine, and svelte coachwork drawn by Giorgetto Giugiaro and built by Bertone. The result managed to look both sensual and aggressive at the same time but was also a highly competent grand-touring automobile. Only 471 examples were produced in a healthy production run that lasted until 1974. Today the cars continue to enjoy considerable favor with enthusiasts the world over for their combination of power, style, and comfort.

The Grifo GL Series I offered here was delivered new to the Dutch real estate mogul Maurits Caransa, who was kidnapped in 1977 and famously negotiated his own $4 million ransom payment! It was delivered in white with a black interior, a 327 cu. in. engine, and automatic transmission. Most significantly, this was one of just six Grifos delivered with an original and rather unusual Pavesi sunroof, featuring dual removable panels as a sort of “enclosed T-top” arrangement, and was also fitted with factory air-conditioning. In sum, it was amply optioned for enjoying the best that long-distance European travel could offer.

In the early 2000s, a subsequent owner in the Netherlands entrusted the Iso to well-known marque specialists Roberto and Federico Negri, who completed a full restoration in a bright Giallo. In the course of this work, the car was upgraded to the ultimate “7-Litri” specification, with a period-correct 427 cu. in. V-8 and new automatic transmission, and was also fitted with Porsche ventilated disc brakes and power steering. According to Federico Negri, the job was very complete, with the front and rear clips, doors, and hood all properly restored, along with the chassis. Work was wrapped up in 2005 at a reported cost of over €200,000.

In its current ownership since 2015, the car has been upgraded with a new butterscotch leather interior and was driven with ease on the 2016 Copperstate 1000, running straight and true and challenging all comers with its performance. Indeed, RM Sotheby’s specialist Donnie Gould marveled at the Iso’s performance, noting rather abashedly that it was the only thing that could outrun his Shelby GT—for those who know Donnie, quite an admission!

Very well-suited for further vintage rallies, in comfort and style, this is one of the best-prepared and striking Grifos available—built by specialists to the ultimate specifications, with its original Pavesi sunroof and the uprated “7-Litri” engine rumbling menacingly beneath the bold “penthouse” hood.

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