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December 8, 2022

Iso Grifo No. 009 Restoration Update – Tick Tock

by Mike – 

I visited California Classic’s in Burlingame, California a few days ago and received an update on Iso Grifo No. 009 from Charley Potts, the restorer.

Iso Grifo

Iso Grifo No. 009

Tick tock, the clock is ticking and the time remaining for Iso Grifo No. 009 to be ready for The Quail, A Motor Sport Gathering is growing short. There were only 51 days left to go as of the day of my visit.

Do you think that Iso Grifo No. 009 will make it to Monterey?

Vote at the end of this article!

Let us know what you think in the Comments as well.

Iso Grifo

The exterior color and interior color have been chosen and as you can see the car has been painted. On the last visit I brought along my Iso color sample kit. The owners (Sandro Lee and Eleanor Lee) decided on a unique Ferrari color and I must say it looks great.

In the picture below Charley is admiring his work.

Iso Grifo

The details on this restoration look terrific to me and I look forward to my next visit and to seeing it in Monterey in August.

Iso Grifo

Iso Grifo

The Interior Still Has A Little Work To Go

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The Trunk Looks Great

Iso Grifo

The engine has changed quite a bit since my last visit.

Iso Grifo

Iso Grifo

Beautiful Restored Steering Wheel Displayed by Charley Potts

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The previous update was on May 4, 2012, here: Iso Grifo No. 009 Restoration Update Number 2.

All other previous posts on Grifo No. 009 are here: Iso Grifo (March 19, 2012)Iso Grifo (September 16, 2011) and Iso Grifo (September 15, 2011).

Iso Grifo


  1. Grifo4me says

    It’s very close and IMO this type of situation may make for good television, but it’s terrible for a good car restoration. Yes they could push the car onto the lawn and make it to Quail, but will all the systems work properly? Windows, interior, trim ,bumpers, electrics, gas tank, buffing out the paint. Lots to do.

    Non silver engine hmmm…

    Combo paint looks very nice, I hope they paint the side vent trim silver.

  2. Not only good television but it makes for a good blog story line!

  3. MIke, looks like they’re making great progress! I can’t wait to see the car up close at the Quail!

    What can you tell us about the blue Rivolta also in the shop?


  4. I was wondering when someone would ask that question.

    The owner of Grifo No. 009 also owns this beautiful dark blue Iso Rivolta GT with cream interior. It is chassis No. 740715 and it has the Iso Rivolta script on the trunk lid.

  5. If this is the same Rivolta that was once offered for sale by a Long Island, New York classic car dealer, it would have a carpeted trunk, and would be one of the most beautiful cars I’ve ever seen. This same dealer sold the ex-Bruce Milner Grifo 7L (that appeared in Octane Magazine) to a collector on Long Island.


  6. According to Chris Lackner’s list Iso Rivolta No. 715 was sold in Italy and then went to: USA NY – Autosport Designs Inc 07 ex Greiner, GA, Blake Stevenson, CT

    This could be the same car but I did not look in the trunk.

  7. It’s definitely the same car, as that’s the name of the firm that sold it and Bruce Milner’s blue 7L. Both cars are fantastic. Love that Rivolta, it’s the one to have!

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