My Car Quest

December 7, 2019

Update – The Iso Grifo Made After The Last Iso Grifo

by Mike –

Darren Frank found this photo below of the only Iso Grifo produced after the Iso factory closed.

Iso Grifo 7 Liter No. 413

Iso Grifo No. 413

This photo was published in 1983 in The Griffon, the publication of the Iso & Bizzarrini Owner’s Club, in issue Volume 3, No. 2 & 3.

I happen to have a collection of all Griffons so I found this photo and scanned it for your viewing pleasure.

Winston Goodfellow explains in the Griffon, “One Grifo was constructed after the factory closed by Ennazeta, a firm comprised of several factory employees who acquired parts inventory upon liquidation of the company’s assets.”

This Iso Grifo was black with tan interior and had these features: Ford 351 engine, 5-speed transmission, recessed black rubber front bumper, reworked trunk (spare to one side) which allowed access via a flip down door between it and the rear deck and a different dash board design.

Compare this old photo above to the way the car looks today below after a Salvatore Diomante restoration and remodeling.

Iso Grifo 7 Liter

Iso Grifo 7 Liter No. 223 (413)

My thanks to Darren for posting this on the IsoBizz Group.


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Comments

  1. ~ i have encountered posts on this car a couple of times today and several times recently. it seems to become more beautiful each time i view it. when you speak of art and autos this is among my first visions.

  2. Hi , for info, i remember being in Milan picking up parts for my grifo at that time ( 198?) .
    This car was stored and finished in a -1 garage box , together with iso parts .
    After speaking with Roberto Negri and Axel Gottschalk , those were the people who bought most of the old factory stock including some brand new unfinished Fidia’s bodys, i traded a 351 cleveland engine for a new old stock big block hood with air scoop .
    The engine was meant to be for this 413 grifo!
    I might have some pictures out of the old box from that.
    I finally used this 7 litri air scoop hood for my series 2 targa grifo .
    Gr Alexander

  3. Darren Frank says

    Mike, thanks for the photo credit. I think the new version of this car is beautiful, but it’s really a shame that it’s not in its original configuration, for historical reasons. This new version is a complete fantasy, as nice as it is.

    Darren

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