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November 1, 2014

An Unusual Iso Grifo Is Being Restored

by Mike –

Last September I wrote about an unusual Iso Grifo for sale at an RM auction in London.

This Iso Grifo sold for £128,800 ($208,000).

Iso Grifo race car

What made this Grifo unusual was that it was set up as a race car – it even had the gas tank in the trunk with the racing gas cap protruding from the trunk lid.

A few days ago when I visited Il Bottegone, the shop of Roberto Negri in Clusone, Italy, I was told that this Iso Grifo was there undergoing a complete restoration.

Il Bottegone - Roberto Negri's Shop

Isos come from around the world to have work done by Roberto and his team. This team helped build these cars in the first place and Roberto took over the Iso parts warehouse after Iso shut down. Over the years Il Bottegone has become the top Iso restoration shop in the world.

Several of the Iso cars that were driven to Milan to attend the Iso Celebration also stopped by Roberto’s shop for a little work. Some of them stayed there and their owners found other transportation home.

Iso cars at Il Bottegone

Waiting Their Turn

Roberto Negri and Piero Rivolta

Two Old Friends Catching Up – Roberto Negri and Piero Rivolta

Here are photos of this ex-race car Grifo on the rotisserie at Il Bottegone.

Iso Grifo under restoration

Iso Grifo under restoration

Iso Grifo under restoration

Iso Grifo under restoration

Iso Grifo under restoration

Iso Grifo under restoration

Iso Grifo under restoration

Iso Grifo under restoration

It will be back on the road and in perfect shape sometime soon.

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Iso Rivolta sign

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