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September 18, 2019

Iso Grifo For Sale

1974 Iso Grifo For Sale – The Last Grifo Made By The Iso Factory

by Michael Gulett –

The Iso Grifo for sale here is a Series II and is one of the most beautiful cars ever designed, it ranks up there with any car style over the past 50 years. It was styled by Giorgetto Giugiaro (of Bertone at the time). He also styled the Iso Rivolta GT, the Bizzarrini GT 5300 and many other cars and is the most prolific car stylists in automotive history.

The chassis design is by Giotto Bizzarrini (chief engineer of the Ferrari 250 GTO) and power is by Ford. There were a few more than 400 Iso Grifos made of all types and some of those no longer exist making the Iso Grifo a rare classic GT car that has become one of the most desirable collector cars in the world.

They always attract a crowd and they drive like a dream. I believe this to be the ONLY Iso Grifo currently advertised for sale in North America.

The seller is a long time member of the Iso & Bizzarrini Owner’s Club and was the editor of the club magazine, “Griffon”, for 15 years.

Iso Grifo For Sale

1974 Iso Grifo For Sale – The Last Grifo Made By The Iso Factory

Make: Iso
Model: Grifo Series II
Year: 1974
Chassis number: GL 410412
Exterior: Blue
Interior: Light golden tan
Engine: The original Ford 351 Cleveland V8, #1870
Transmission: ZF 5-speed
Odometer: Approximately 32,000 km (19,883 miles)
Factory Air Conditioning
Factory Power Steering
Number made: Approximately 34 with the Ford engine

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Text and photos by the owner, Michael Hart

Iso Grifo #412 was the last Grifo produced by the Iso factory and the only Grifo completed in Iso’s final year of 1974 being finished on July 29, 1974.

Originally, chassis #371 was completed on April 17, 1972, the car was then subsequently re-acquired by Iso which installed a new Ford 351 Cleveland engine, a ZF-5 speed transmission, and a ZF power steering unit, re-numbered it #412, issued it’s Build Sheet dated July 29, 1974, then sold it as a NEW CAR to the United States in one of the two late 1974 shipments by Iso Industries/Iso Distributors.

Color copies of the Build Sheets for #412 and #371 (with each sheet cross-referencing the other) as well as the Listing of the new Grifo, Lele, and Fidia models Iso sold via Iso Distributors to the United States in those two shipments in 1974 are below.

Overall this car -– painted medium dark blue with complimentary light golden tan Connolly leather interior — is in excellent condition being RUST FREE and with it’s tuned and detailed engine, all instruments fully functional (except the Veglia clock with quartz movement works intermittently) arrayed across the beautiful wood dash, all lights including “pop-up” headlights fully functional, charged AC, and all fresh belts and fluids. Mileage is approximately 32,000 km (19,883 miles) which is consistent with mileage figures dating back to early 1990s London documentation.

Iso Grifo For Sale

Iso Grifo For Sale

The original engine #1870 is strong, it runs “cold”, and does not leak; a Pertronix electronic ignition kit has been installed inside the distributor. The exhaust is stainless steel. The wheel rims and Pirelli 215/70/WR15 tires are in excellent condition; the spare Pirelli has never been down. The trunk is very nice and includes an Iso factory jack with related tools for the jack.

Iso Grifo For Sale

Iso Grifo For Sale

This is THE top specification Ford engine Grifo with the ZF 5-speed transmission, A/C, and the RARE and excellent original factory installed ZF power steering unit; (according to Iso factory records only seven Grifos were fitted with power steering); these options plus the easy clutch “bite”, and the ergonomics of the “high back” seats, make this car both fast and a delight to drive. Only a couple of other Grifos possess this “ultimate” combination of original factory installed features.

It is believed that #412 has never been hit as evidenced by the stripping of the paint in 2012 revealing the bodywork; however, the ownership and history of this car from 1974 to 1992 is not known. It has always been garaged under present ownership and has never been in the rain; a high quality custom made California Car Cover Company car cover is included. Several extra fuses and a bottle of touch-up paint are also included.

Iso Grifo For Sale

Iso Grifo For Sale

Iso Grifo For Sale

Ownership of #412 is traced back to London in 1992 when the previous owner, Robert Muller, undertook a “nuts and bolts” restoration with Chris Lackner occasionally inspecting the project. The present owner acquired the car from Mr. Muller in 2000 and it was entered in the Palo Alto Concours D’Elegance that year, Concorso Italiano for many years, and The Quail, A Motor Sport gathering in 2012. It has crossed the Reviewing Stand at Concorso Italiano several times and has won several awards including Best New Grifo in 2001. For a brief narrative history of this car refer to an article titled: “The Quail” in the vol. 33, No. 1 – Spring, 2013 – issue of the “Griffon”.

Iso Grifo #412 Chassis Stamp

Iso Grifo #412 Chassis Stamp

State of California Title is in the name of the present owner who owns the car free and clear and the California Registration is current dating from August 2013 to August, 2014.

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It comes with an extensive file of documentation dating from 1992 to present, two photo albums, and many invoices and bills including a re-paint, some re-chroming, and related work in 2012 in preparation for The Quail. A pristine hardbound copy with slipcase of the book “Iso Rivolta, The Men and The Machines” signed by Messrs. Winston Goodfellow (the author of this book), Piero Rivolta, and Giorgetto Giugiaro is included.

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The jack and jack tools are in the trunk

There are a few minor scratches/small dings on the front windscreen. The foot well covering is carpet but Ron Ciardella is having some sets of original spec plastic Iso floor mats with the Iso logo and horseshoe design made. Gear change from 1st to 2nd is “crunchy” if the engine is cold; this is a characteristic problem with the ZF 5-speed gear box even when new but it is eased considerably when the engine is warmed-up.

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This car and attendant paperwork are available for inspection and a test drive at the owner’s home in Burlingame, California.

This historically important Iso Grifo is ready for show or a long drive and would be an outstanding entry in the Iso display at Concorso Italiano and Iso & Bizzarrini Owner’s Club activities this August and beyond.

It is rare to see a quality Iso Grifo for sale and this last one made by the factory is one of the rarest of opportunities to acquire an important collector classic car that is sure to continue to appreciate.

Location: Burlingame, California USA

Contact: michael.gulett@gmail.com

More Photos of Iso Grifo #412

Underside and Engine Number Stamp

Iso Grifo #412 Documents

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This photo was included in the 50th Anniversary of Iso Cars collage presented to Piero Rivolta in August 2012

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Comments

  1. The ‘extra’ fuses alone make this a buy!

  2. Jeremiah R. says

    There are 2 other Grifos for sale by various brokers in NA, but this appears to be the nicest one. What’s the condition of the exhaust system, has it recently passed any DOT emissions tests?

    • Emission tests are not required in California on a 1974 model. Where are there 2 other Grifos for sale in North America?

    • Michael H. says

      Jeremiah
      Per the State of California “30 Year Rule” I had to submit this car for a Smog Check Inspection once. it passed on the 1st try and I have the 2 page test results dated March 9, 2002 as part of the documentation for this car.
      The stainless steel exhaust pipes are in excellent condition and new (Sebring Touring) mufflers + tips were installed just before The Quail in August, 2012. I have the Invoices for that.
      What are those 2 other Grifos for sale by dealers in NA? The last one I know of was #410 which I believe was sold several months ago.
      Michael Hart

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