1973 Iso Grifo 5.8-Litre Series II Coupé  Chassis no. FAGL 310395

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Lot 128*
1973 Iso Grifo 5.8-Litre Series II Coupé

€ 300,000 - 350,000
US$ 320,000 - 370,000
1973 Iso Grifo 5.8-Litre Series II Coupé
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Bertone

Chassis no. FAGL 310395
•One of 413 Iso Grifos made
•Rare Series II Ford-powered model
•Restored in the USA
•Offered with State of California title

Italian 'bubble car' manufacturer Iso joined the ranks of supercar constructors in 1962 with the launch of the Rivolta coupé at the Turin Motor Show. Renzo Rivolta's Isothermos company had begun life pre-WW2 making refrigerators, turning to the manufacture of scooters, under the Iso name, after the war and thence to the highly successful Isetta bubble car. Styled at Carrozzeria Bertone by Giorgetto Giugiaro and powered by a 327ci (5.4-litre) 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). The chassis and running gear were designed by ex-Ferrari engineer, Giotto Bizzarrini, whose company specialised in the production of prototypes for the Italian automobile industry.

As Iso and many of its European contemporaries had recognised, the use of a tried and tested American power train enabled them to compete with likes of Ferrari, Maserati and Aston Martin in performance terms while undercutting them on price. Iso's first supercar set the pattern for those that followed: Bizzarrini-designed chassis, Bertone coachwork and Chevrolet engines. Future developments included the long-wheelbase, Ghia-styled, Fidia four-door saloon; the muscular, short-wheelbase Grifo; and the Rivolta-replacement Lele.

Produced between 1963 and 1974, the 'standard' Grifo used the small-block Chevrolet Corvette V8 engine in all but its final Ford-powered incarnation. From 1970 the Grifo was produced in 'Series II' form, with a revised front end incorporating flush-fitting pop-up headlights, while a raised 'penthouse' bonnet scoop also made its appearance at around this time. Even the tamest Grifo came with 350bhp, which was good for around 260km/h (160mph), while for the seriously speed addicted there was the exclusive, 390bhp 7.0-litre model, only 90 of which were made. Iso claimed a top speed of 300km/h (186mph) for the long-legged 7.0-litre Grifo, making it faster than a Ferrari Daytona. By the time the Iso factory closed its doors in 1974 only 413 Grifos of all types had been made, and today this exclusive Italian/American supercar is increasingly sought after by collectors.
One of the few Series II models built with the Ford 351ci (5.8-litre) Cleveland V8 engine, this particular Grifo was previously owned in the USA by one Michael Clarke of El Dorado Hills, California. There are maintenance and restoration (copy) records on file issued by Brian Moore Restorations of Gold River, California during 2005-2007 while the car was owned by Mr Clarke, together with various small bills for the period 2005-2010. Displayed at 'The Quail, a Motor Sport Gathering' in August 2012, the Grifo was sold by Mr Clarke to the current owner in the Far East in 2013. The car is finished in red with camel leather interior, and has automatic transmission. A total of 43,435 kilometres is currently displayed on the odometer.

Representing a rare opportunity to acquire the very best in Italian Gran Turismo style and performance with little of the usually associated expense, this fabulous Iso Grifo is offered with a build sheet and State of California title.

* Should the vehicle remain in the EU, local import taxes of 5.5% will be applied to the hammer price.
* Dans l'hypothèse où le véhicule resterait dans l'Union Européenne, une taxe locale d'importation de 5.5% sera appliquée sur le prix d'adjudication.
1973 Iso Grifo 5.8-Litre Series II Coupé  Chassis no. FAGL 310395
1973 Iso Grifo 5.8-Litre Series II Coupé  Chassis no. FAGL 310395
1973 Iso Grifo 5.8-Litre Series II Coupé  Chassis no. FAGL 310395
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Dans l'hypothèse où le véhicule resterait dans l'Union Européenne, une taxe locale d'importation de 5.5% sera appliquée sur le prix d'adjudication.