My Car Quest

September 28, 2021

Two Iso Grifos At Auction During Monterey Car Week

by Mike Gulett –

It is not often you see an Iso Grifo up for auction and this year we have two coming up during Monterey Car Week, 2021.

One is a beautiful fully restored 1966 Iso Grifo GL Series I and the other is a 1969 Iso Grifo 7 Litri.

The pinnacle of the Iso GT car is the beautiful Grifo. More and more car lovers have recognized the Iso Grifo in recent years as a great GT that compares very favorably to period GTs from Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini and all other GT manufacturers.

The combination of the vision of Renzo Rivolta, the engineering expertise of several key Iso employees like Pierluigi Raggi, the technical contributions of Giotto Bizzarrini (the engineer in charge of the development of the Ferrari 250 GTO) and the brilliant styling of Giorgetto Giugiaro of Bertone resulted in one of the most admired sports cars of the past fifty years. Nuccio Bertone also played a critical role in the creation of the Iso Grifo.

I am planning to preview in person both of these beauties.

1966 Iso Grifo GL Series I for auction

1966 Iso Grifo GL Series I by Bertone

This Iso Grifo is at RM Sotheby’s.

RM Sotheby’s writes,

Chassis No. – GL 640067

Engine No. – 13936FO52ISG

One of only 413 [1] Iso Grifos built

Single-family ownership for the last 42 years

Beneficiary of a stunning restoration completed in 2021

327 cu. in. V-8 engine; four-speed manual transmission with Hurst shifter

Beautiful Italian styling and muscular American performance

Estimate: $375,000 – $475,000 USD

1969 Iso Grifo 7 Litri

1969 Iso Grifo 7 Litri

This Iso Grifo is at Gooding.

Gooding writes,

Chassis – 7L930.260

Engine – 1362

Car Highlights

Rare 427 CID with Four-Speed Gearbox and Air-Conditioning

Finished in Stunning Sera Blu with Cognac Leather Interior

Highly Desirable First-Series Example

Offered with Books, Tool Kit, and Jack

Documented by Factory Build Sheet

Technical Specs

427 CID OHV Chevrolet V-8 Engine

Single Rochester Carburetor

400 BHP at 5,200 RPM

4-Speed Manual Gearbox

4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc Brakes, Rear Inboard

Front Independent Suspension with Coil Springs

Rear De Dion Axle with Coil Springs

Estimate: $550,000 – $650,000

Let us know what you think in the Comments.

 

 

Iso Grifo logo

[1] The number of Iso Grifos made has been a question for a long time and is complicated but 413 is certainly not the correct number. The last Grifo to leave the Iso factory was in 1974 and it carried chassis number 412. Chassis no. 413 was given to the one Grifo assembled after Iso shut down.

The best estimate is there were 402 Grifos made (or 403 if you count no. 413) with 10 being re-stamped by the factory with a later chassis number after they were refurbished by the factory. No. 413 has also been given a different number and is now stamped no. 223. And no. 412 was one of the factory re-stamped Grifos and originally had a different number. As I said it is a complicated story.

Photos compliments of RM Sotheby’s and Gooding.
Summary
Two Iso Grifos At Auction During Monterey Car Week
Article Name
Two Iso Grifos At Auction During Monterey Car Week
Description
It is not often you see an Iso Grifo up for auction and this year we have two coming up during Monterey Car Week, 2021.
Author

Comments

  1. Both very nice looking restorations. I look forward to seeing these cars in Monterey.

  2. Heiko Nick says

    Have you looked at the cars in person? The red one did not sell…..what do you guys think is the reason for it ?

  3. The red GL was a no sale and the blue 7-Liter sold for $544,000.

Speak Your Mind

*