Iso Grifo

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Iso Grifo. 1965–74 (prod. 412). 2-door coupé. F/R, 5354, 5766, 6993, 7439 cm³ (V8 OHV). Giorgetto Giugiaro at Bertone styled the follow-up to the Iso Rivolta 300, shown at Torino in 1963, but only hitting production August 1965. Luxuriously appointed inside, making it more civilized than the Italian supercars of the era. Same running gear as the Rivolta, with Chevrolet’s 327 in³ small-block developing 300 or 365 hp (at least 160 mph). Wishbones and coil springs at front, coil-sprung de Dion live axle and Watt’s linkage at rear; disc brakes. Decent handling and braking, but Iso brand lacked the snob value of Ferrari and Maserati. The big-block Chevrolet 427 in³ was added in 1968 (identified by a raised bonnet section; these 7 Litri cars were good for at least 170 mph, with 435 hp at 5,800 rpm), and the 454 in³ was used for the IR-9 Can Am racing version. Facelift by Marcello Gandini in 1970, with partially hidden headlamps. Iso switched to Ford engines in 1972, going with the Cleveland 351 (identifiable by a taller air intake on the bonnet). The fuel crisis then hit, and Iso wound up. Spider remained a one-off show car, though Targa models were available from October 1966.

Manufacturing location: Bresso, Milano, Italy

Marque: Iso


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