Iso Grifo series II 1973
SOLD --- Magnificent, very rare Iso Grifo from '73. Read the history about the car below!
The famous Salvatore Diomante (Bizzarinis business partner in the 60ties-70ties) bought the car as an empty body after the company went out of business. It was assembled by Salvatore who was a mechanic at the factory and he was able to get an original big block V8 and build the car like it is today wit the small block hood cause he preferred the car like this. all original iso parts where used to build the car. This story can be co firmed by the Iso Grifo registry. The engine is a 7L GM engine (GM 3963512). Had the desirable ZF 5-speed manual transmission, optional at the production- time. This transformation makes the car extremely elegant despite its enormous V8 engine with only one carburator developping approx. 400 HP and having a factory-claimed top speed of 300 km/h (186 mph) which made it faster than a Ferrari or Lamborghini at the time.
The car hereby presented was sold in 1973 to Mr Valentino, registered in Roma-Italy, had the standard Campagnolo-alloy wheels (all still in possesion of the actual owner).
After having remained for more than 15 years in the private collection of Mr Sutera, the car was offered on auction by Bonhams in Monaco on 15/5/2004 but not sold.After the auction, Thiesen automobile in Hamburg acquired the car and resold it in 2009 to Mr. De Jong in the Netherlands, this Dutch collector being then the fourth (4th) owner. Mr De Jong undertook a complete restoration of engine and body.
Finally the car was bought by the actual owner Mr Dyck in Belgium in 2016. Mr Dyck had the Campagnolo wheels replaced by the same Borrani wire wheels as a lot of production GRIFOs had at the time .The original Campagnolo wheels still remain with the car and can eventually put back on.
Never accident damaged, the car fully retained its original not restored black (leather) interior and features an original Becker radio, instruments, electric windows and airconditioning (all working and recently maintained)
The car is registered in Belgium under license plate GRIFO (oldtimer) and technical inspection approved.In 2016 and 2018 the car participated in Coppa Classic Concours in Belgium (where it was awarded best of show and afterwards second of the last 5 years) and in 2016 in concours Paleis Het Loo in the Netherlands (where it became 2nd in class, the first in its class unfortunately being also best of show...) In 2019 the car was shown on the special exhibition of Italian Car Design during the salon of Interclassics in Brussels. It is an eventual entry on Villa d Este or Pebble Beach concours.