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July 7, 2022

Iso Grifo For Sale

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by Mike –

This 1965 Iso Grifo is for sale – it is the 9th Iso Grifo made and is a very rare prototype transition car with interesting features not found on other Grifos that came after.

Iso Grifo For Sale

Iso Grifo No. 009 has been the subject of a no-expense spared complete restoration where everything was replaced or rebuilt to as new condition by Charley Potts at California Classics in Burlingham, California.

With styling by Giorgetto Giugiaro, chassis design by Giotto Bizzarrini and power by Chevrolet the Iso Grifo has become one of the most desirable collector cars in the world. There were only 413 made and some of those no longer exist making the Iso Grifo a rare classic GT car. They always attract a crowd and they drive like a dream.

Iso Grifo For Sale

Make: Iso
Model: Grifo Series 1 (Prototype transition car)
Year: 1965
Chassis number: GL*650009
Exterior: Red with silver top
Interior: Tan
Engine: Corvette 327 cid – 365 hp
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Build date: December 20, 1965
Condition: Excellent – Concours Condition
Number of Iso Grifos made: 413
Known ownership history: Original owner, Mr. Manzini in Italy, Bob Evans (20 years in California) and the current owners Sandro and Elinor Lee (5 years in California)

I had the opportunity to inspect this Grifo in 2006 before it was purchased by the current owners. I have followed the restoration process from the beginning. The photos here are my photos from the restoration through the awards won including the Iso Class Winner at The Quail, A Motor Sports Gathering in August 2012.

We were celebrating the 50th anniversary of Iso GT cars at The Quail in 2012 and there were 27 Iso cars on display. I believe this is the largest gathering of Iso cars since the factory shut down in the early 1970s. Grifo No. 009 was voted the Iso Class Winner by the other Iso owners.

Iso Grifo For Sale

Iso Grifo For Sale

Iso Grifo For Sale

Iso Grifo For Sale

Iso Grifo For Sale

Multiple Award Winner

* Iso Class Winner at The Quail, A Motor Sports Gathering in Carmel California – August 2012

* First in Class at the Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance – July 2013

* Best in Show – Danville d’Elegance – September 2013

* First in Class – Concorso Italiano – August 2013

Iso Grifo For Sale

Iso Grifo No. 009 on stage at The Quail with Piero Rivolta and Winston Goodfellow

The prototype transition Grifo does not have air vents on the top of the rear left fender like later Grifos

The prototype transition Grifo does not have air vents on the top of the rear left fender like later Grifos

Iso Grifo For Sale

The prototype transition Grifo does not have air vents in the gas cap lid like later Grifos

 

An Iso Grifo for sale of the caliber of Iso Grifo No. 009 is rare indeed – this is a unique opportunity.

The Quail, A Motor Sports Gathering – Carmel, California – August 2012

 

Other Events

 

Restoration

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Engine

 

Underside – Everything Is New Or Completely Restored

 

Iso Grifo For Sale

Iso Grifo For Sale

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A beautiful and very rare Iso Grifo award winning show car is for sale on My Car Quest.
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Comments

  1. With speed limit on U.S. roads, in order to enjoy a few seconds of this car’s capabilities….one needs to go to the Mojave desert.

  2. Beautiful car at all times! Una delle più belle auto sportive Italiane! Grande Giotto,Nuccio……Colore fantastico!

  3. Chris lackner says

    A couple of nit-picking things I noticed – the brake servo has been uprated to the later and larger ATE type from the original smaller Lockheed one with remote servo. The horn push on such an early car would have been the one with Iso script and a star (used until at least chassis #54) and the radio blanking plate is for a much later Iso – the original was a plastic one. Also the Griffon nose badge did not come in until quite a bit later – it would originally have had the black horseshoe one with red white & green strip along the bottom. Small things, to be sure.

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