My Car Quest

October 18, 2021

One of The Best – Iso Grifo Chassis No. GL910233

by Mike

This 1969 Iso Grifo is one of the best Grifos on the planet. Owned by Darren Frank, a rare second generation Grifo owner. Darren drives this special car hundreds of miles to car events and then proceeds to win awards that other car owners can only fantasize about.

Like the best of show at the Car Club Jamboree at Hilton Head Island in November 2010. There were about 200 other cars at this event but the judges liked this Grifo better than any other car.

Iso Grifo

Here is Darren and his prize winning car.

Iso Grifo and Darren Frank

Iso Grifo

Iso Grifo

Iso Grifo

Iso Grifo

Iso Grifo

Iso Grifo

Iso Grifo

Photos courtsy of Darren Frank.

More Iso Grifo photos are here

Here is a Sports Car Digest article about the Hilton Head Island Concours.


  1. How does he keep it so clean?

  2. I suspect that Darren cleans it regularly and maybe does not drive it in the rain?

    I know he drives it frequently.


  3. I do drive it frequently, and while I try to keep it out of the rain, actually got caught in the aftermath of a hurricane while driving it to Amelia Island for the concours there.

    I also clean it after each drive, and fully detail it for each show, which can take 4-8 hours depending upon 1) how crazy I want to get or 2) how far I had to drive to get to the concours–it's never trailered EVER.


  4. My father had a ’69 Grifo when I was very young – a duplicate of this car but in black – even with the same Borani wire wheels. He sold it in ’77 and owned other exotics from Ferrari, Lamborghini, etc. but none won his heart like the Iso and none of them even came close in reliability. The car was bullet proof, it never so much as sputtered. Thirty six years later, he still thinks about it every day. I haven’t seen a Grifo other than the one he owned and that was a long time ago… Would love to see another Grifo some day and if circumstances were right, I would love to buy one for him. The Grifo is an unsung hero. One of the best sports cars ever made and so few know it ever existed.

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