<B>1967 ISO GRIFO  GL</B>
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1967 ISO GRIFO GL
Sold for US$ 368,500 inc. premium

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1967 ISO GRIFO GL
Coachwork by Bertone

Chassis no. GL 730147
Engine no. 1028-V 0323 HT

327ci OHV Chevrolet V-8 Engine
Single Four-Barrel Carburetor
350bhp at 5,800rpm
5-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*Formerly the property of Peter Monteverdi
*Desirable first series model with 5-speed manual gearbox
*Matching numbers
*Known ownership history from new
*Featured in Motor Klassik magazine



THE ISO GRIFO

'The Grifo's steel body was styled by Bertone at its most curvaceous, while the chassis featured proper De Dion rear suspension with inboard discs. Most of the 412 Grifos built had the small-block Chevrolet engine, good for a genuine 163mph.' – Classic Cars.



Before it built the Grifo, 'bubble car' manufacturer Iso had joined the ranks of supercar constructors with the launch of the Giotto Bizzarrini-designed Rivolta coupé at the 1962 Turin Motor Show. Styled at Carrozzeria Bertone and powered by a 327ci (5.4-liter) Chevrolet V8, the four-seat Rivolta employed a steel platform chassis featuring independent front suspension, De Dion rear axle and disc brakes all round (inboard at the rear), setting the pattern for all Isos that followed. Produced between 1963 and 1974, the 'standard' Grifo used the small-block Chevrolet V8 in all but its final Ford-powered incarnation. Offered in versions with 300, 340, 350 and 365hp, the small block Iso Grifos are known for their better handling compared to the heavier big block-engined cars. Only 135 GL 350 models were produced.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

The motor car on offer here is arguably the most desirable variant, being the first series model which not only represents the design in arguably its most beautiful and pure form but also features the small block 327ci Chevrolet engine. According to the accompanying (copy) build sheet, the power output was 350hp, and what makes this car even more special is that a 5-speed ZF manual gearbox was also specified – surely much more appropriate for a true Italian thoroughbred than the more common 2-speed automatic transmission. The color was Argento Indianapolis combined with a black leather interior, a striking and most elegant combination that 'GL 730147' still wears today.

As impressive as the specification of this stunning Iso is the ownership history: the car's first owner was a certain Walter Lauener in Switzerland, who clearly enjoyed the car as he owned it from 1968 to 1979, when it was sold to none other than Peter Monteverdi. Monteverdi, of course, was no stranger to European sports cars with US muscle as he was the manufacturer of the Monteverdi High Speed and Hai supercars; he would keep the Iso Grifo as his private transport from 1979 to 1992. The Monteverdi car collection was subsequently sold at auction and our Grifo was imported into Germany. It had three further owners in the Düsseldorf area before being purchased in 2004 by the vendor, a lifelong Iso Grifo enthusiast and collector for some 30 years. An expertise issued by TÜV Rheinland in 1996 (on file) attests to the excellent original condition of the car at the time. While in the custody of the previous owner, the original ZF gearbox was removed as it was irreparable, and a 4-speed manual 'box was fitted in its place.

Since its acquisition by the vendor in 2004, this beautiful car has always been maintained to the highest standard. The original, matching-numbers engine was comprehensively overhauled, all consumables were regularly renewed, and in 2006 the chassis and complete underside of the car was subjected to dry ice blasting followed by cavity protection from German specialists TimeMax. According to the vendor, no accident or other major damage to the body could be detected after the underside had been dry ice blasted. He also had a Tremec 5-speed manual gearbox fitted, which was comprehensively overhauled in May of this year, while the Elektron magnesium wheels were replaced by Borrani wire wheels. The car passed the stringent German TÜV inspection in April 2016 without any advisories. In January 2013 this Grifo was featured in an article by the leading German classic car magazine Motor Klassik.

Boasting a known and traceable ownership history from new, and clearly being a car that has been well looked after by its previous custodians, '147' has to be one of the best Iso Grifos currently on the market. Many Iso Grifos were heavily modified during the 'wild' 1970s and 1980s, but luckily '147' escaped this fate thanks to its careful Swiss owners; its elegant lines have never been altered. With its beautiful color combination and 5-speed manual gearbox, this truly is a car for the connoisseur and close inspection is highly recommended. It is offered with German registration documents, extensive documentation of its history and maintenance, and the aforementioned magazine article.

Footnotes

  • Please note this car titled 1968

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