• 1963 Iso Grifo
    by Jacob Joseph, on December 7, 2015, 10:00

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1963 - 1975 Iso Grifo

1963 - 1975 Iso Grifo

The ’60s saw the emergence of one of the more interesting trends the automotive world has ever seen, big American V-8s in smaller European cars. There was AC, Sunbeam, De Tomaso, and one of the more interesting examples, Iso. Iso was a small company that had started out making refrigerators in the days just before WWII, and then moving into motorcycles just after the war. In the mid ’50s, it produced the Isetta bubble car, a somewhat hilarious little car that became much more famous when BMW started producing them under license. The Bavarians would end up buying out the Isetta tooling, and Iso was freed up to pursue much more ambitious automotive goals.

That goal was to build a sports car, something originally intended to compete with the Fiat 2300. But, when the Iso Rivolta IR 300 didn’t sell very well, Iso decided to build a luxurious and powerful gran turismo, something to compete with Ferrari and Maserati. So Iso took its whole one year of sports car building experience and put it into making the Grifo. It might sound like a dubious plan, but the Grifo turned out to be an excellent car, with the combination of Italian style and American power working wonderfully together.

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1972 Iso Rivolta Varedo

1972 Iso Rivolta Varedo

Renzo Rivolta was born in 1908. His father was in the wood milling industry and owned many properties in Italy and abroad. While looking for a business with a more secure future he came across a little company close to Genua specialized in the production of refrigerators and heaters. This little but modern factory was called Isothermos and Renzo managed to buy it in 1939. During the war he was forced to move the factory to Bresso, because of the bombardments in the Genua area. In Bresso he found an old villa with a large piece of land which was perfect for his needs. He was able to fool the German’s for a long time and kept the factory running during the war. He died in 1966.

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Iso Exposition

Iso Exposition

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