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November 25, 2014

The Iso Grifo A3/L Prototype – Black & White Photos And Typewriters

by Mike –

Remember when there were black and white photos and typewriters, or printed letters on paper? Years ago when I used film I would use black and white film sometimes because it was cheaper than color film.

The black and white photos below of the Iso Grifo A3/L Prototype were taken by Ron Kellogg, the owner at the time, in the mid-1970s.

Iso Grifo Prototype - mid 1970s

Iso Grifo A3/L Prototype – mid 1970s

Iso Grifo Prototype - mid 1970s

Iso Grifo A3/L Prototype – mid 1970s

Iso Grifo Prototype - mid 1970s

Iso Grifo A3/L Prototype – mid 1970s

Iso Grifo Prototype - mid 1970s

Iso Grifo A3/L Prototype – mid 1970s

Iso Grifo Prototype - mid 1970s

Iso Grifo A3/L Prototype – mid 1970s

Iso Grifo Prototype - mid 1970s

Iso Grifo A3/L Prototype – mid 1970s

UPDATE: See David Grant’s Comment in the Comment section about these color photos. The color photos below were taken in Ron Kellogg’s driveway in 1995. The new owner wanted Ron and his wife Sonya to see the Iso Grifo A3/L Prototype after the restoration.

Iso Grifo Prototype

Iso Grifo Prototype – 1972

Iso Grifo Prototype

Iso Grifo Prototype

Iso Grifo Prototype

Iso Grifo Prototype

The Iso Grifo A3/L Prototype advertisement below was a fax dated October 27, 1996. It is interesting to read – the price had been reduced to $130,000 from $195,000. That is quite a large price reduction but today there would be another zero added.

Iso Grifo Prototype advertisement

Iso Grifo A3/L Prototype Advertisement

Below is a typed, or printed written letter (not an email) to Ron Kellogg from David Grant, a regular reader of My Car Quest. David has worked on many Isos, including my former Grifo.

Iso Grifo Prototype letter

Letter from David Grant to Ron Kellogg

My thanks to Ron and Sonya Kellogg for the use of the photos and documents above.

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Iso Grifo A3/L Prototype

Iso Grifo A3/L Prototype – 2012

More recent photos of the Iso Grifo A3/L are here.

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The Iso Grifo A3/L Prototype - Black & White Photos And Typewriters
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Old photos and an advertisement for the Iso Grifo A3/L Prototype from many years ago.

Comments

  1. Very well done, Mike, the car in it’s early habitat when it was actually driven. (And probably more than his Lamborghini) The dent in the fender and oil spot are priceless, thanks for the effort to post these pictures!

  2. That’s my point, that Lambo is parked nicely in a corner while the A3/L is out in the wild. 8-) Very cool you visited him, you could have dropped by and see some more Iso’s (and other weird stuff) at my place….

  3. Don Meluzio says:

    Wow, what great photos. That must have been great to own such a car, and like Maurice said, actually drive it. It is one of the most beautiful sports cars of all time. Great article!! Don

  4. Don Meluzio says:

    Yes, my 901 was already 25 years old when I restored it, by the time I finished the restoration it became a trailer queen. It would be really cool to actually drive it somewhere other than onto a showfield!

  5. David Grant says:

    Mike,

    Actually, the color photos were taken by me in the parking lot across the street from the old Scott Restoration building at 14661 Lanark Street, Van Nuys, California. Yes, the price of the Iso Grifo A3/L Prototype seems like a bargain by today’s standard, but you have to realize that in 1996, a lot of collectors did not understand these obscure sports cars. I didn’t know what an Iso Grifo was until I met the Grifo owner John Ling in 1987. The A3/L had been painted orange and someone had replaced the front nose after an accident. Scott Restorations performed some body repairs then shipped the car to John Ling in Wisconsin. John Ling’s restoration shop, Silverstone, completed the restoration it now wears and presented at Pebble Beach in 1989. Just after the Pebble Beach Concours did we receive it at Scott Restorations to sell. Like I said, not a lot of collectors understood the Iso and when I could not find a home for it, John sent it to Scottsdale and tried the auction approach. I am not sure what the high bid was, but it was a lot more than $130,000. John Ling shipped it back to his home state and he sold it through Bill Schley’s collector car dealership. It has only been in the last 10 to 12 years that the collector car market has made a dramatic change. As we read in many automotive articles, both printed and on the internet, collector cars are now being considered as art. My former employer, Jack B. Nethercutt referred to his collection as functional fine art, and his cars were driven–always. In 1989, I was selling restored 300SL Gull Wings for $350,000 at Scott Restorations. The following year, I sold one for $530,000.00. Today, the same 300SL is pushing $1.5 million. Who would have thought? Praise to the man who purchased the Iso Grifo for $130,000.00 in 1996.

    • David,

      Thanks for the corrections. I made assumptions about who took the photos and where they were taken, Ron Kellogg has a similar wall in his driveway.

  6. in 1996 a standard Grifo would sell for 20-25K so 130 K back then was big money.

  7. Wallace Wyss says:

    I am trying to track how it got to America. I talked to Ron Kellogg and all he remembers is that the guy was an actor in some sphegetti western. Then I looked at the Chris Lackner listing Reeser Ling as buying it in Italy but I couldn’t find him connected with a Western movie. Of course John Ling restored the car so maybe he listed it under a relative’s name? Then the name Michael Mac comes up as the next owner but that doesn’t ring any bells on the internet as an actor and usually the name is spelled “mack.” What I want to find out most is what the first owner paid for the car in Italy and if he bought it directly from Iso. Thanks for any clues, Iso fans…

    PS I will be making a painting of the car, and have prints on watercolour paper available, but can’t decide whether to do the coupe or convertible. I have a shot of the convertible in a horrible green color. But I don’t like the red it is in now either.

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