My Car Quest

February 3, 2023

Andy Griffith And Italian Cars

by Mike –

Andy Griffith died today. I think most of us can remember watching The Andy Grifith Show on television in the 1960s. The show was set in the small fictional town of Mayberry, North Carolina.

Below is a picture from the TV show with Andy talking to Goober Pyle, played by George Lindsey, who also died recently.

Sheriff Andy, Goober and Iso Rivolta GT

Sheriff Andy, Goober and Iso Rivolta GT

In the background there is clearly an Iso Rivolta GT. What do you think the chances are that someone in Mayberry, North Carolina owned an Iso Rivolta GT in the 1960s?

Mayberry was based on Andy Grifith’s real home town of Mount Airy, NC.

Below is a picture of Andy’s Aunt Bee (Frances Bavier) and Opie (Ron Howard) looking over a Ferrari 275 GTB.

Ferrari 275 BTB, Aunt Bee and Opie

Ferrari 275 GTB, Aunt Bee and Opie

I cannot imagine that many of these Ferraris made it to Mayberry either but certainly both cars were available to the people in Hollywood where the show was recorded, or was it beautiful downtown Burbank?

My thanks to Mike Clarke for sending in these car photos.

Andy Griffith

Andy Griffith will be missed.


  1. We used to watch the Andy Griffith Show when I was growing up in NZ in the 1960s. We had an pet Australian cockatiel called Digger who could whistle the theme tune perfectly!

  2. I just remembered the first time I heard the word “Bugatti” was from an Andy Griffith show.

  3. My Grifo was originally purchased new by a buyer in Seattle, Washington. He then sold it to someone named Jeff Grubbs in Montreat, North Carolina. Montreat is in the mountains of NC, and I’m sure the sight of my Grifo there was pretty startling to most people in those days.

    I’ve heard stories about another Grifo that was owned by someone in Charlotte in the 1960’s. It was then sold to someone in the eastern part of NC. This would’ve been back in the 1970’s. Again, another rare siting back then for an Iso!


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