Lot 240: Iso Griffo GL 300
Giotto Bizzarrini established his reputation as a skillful engineer with Alfa Romeo and Ferrari during the early 1960s, and had been largely responsible for developing the celebrated 250 GTO. He also designed Lamborghini's first car, the 350 GT, and his own race car, the Bizzarrini GT. In 1963 Bizzarrini penned a new masterpiece the Grifo, which in Italian means Griffin. This is of course the legendary bird which preys on horses, hence an allusion to Iso's desire to conquer Ferrari's throne in the sports car stakes. The Grifo was a worthy challenger, a two seater GT coupe designed by Giugiaro at Bertone, powered by Chevrolet's 300bhp 5.3 litre engine and capable of zero to 60mph in less than 7 seconds, making it more than a match for most Ferraris.
The Iso on offer here was delivered new in May 1967 to its first owner in Milan specified with the powerful and reliable 327 Cubic Inch engine and manual transmission. It was subsequently registered in Alessandria before it was imported to the UK on 22nd March 1973 and registered PHM 294L. The current owner purchased the Grifo on 3rd July 1974 for �1750, a considerable sum of money in the early 1970s.
Over the next 14 years the Iso was used regularly adding around 16,500 kilometers to the 48,216 showing at the time of purchase. Between August 1988 and January 1989 chassis 720132 was treated to a major overhaul including attention to the bodywork and chassis and a bare metal re-spray in blue. The brakes, steering, suspension, wheels, lamps and trim were also attended to and the fine results can clearly be seen in the cover photograph and article in the October 1989 issue of Old Car magazine, a copy of which is included in the history file. Subsequent work apart from normal servicing included the replacement of the clutch in July 1989 and the front wheel bearings in September 1989.
In late 1993, having added only around 2,200 km since the overhaul, the Iso was placed in a dry garage and covered. Now some 18 years later and showing only 66,957 km on the odometer, this Italian thoroughbred is ready to be brought back to life by its next owner. The car is complete and original with blue paintwork and blue leather interior.
The extensive history file includes the current and previous UK registration documents, a photocopy of the green log book and even the Italian log book from when the car was imported to the UK. Also included are a considerable number of purchase receipts and correspondence with ISO Motor Company S.p.A. amongst others. In a specially compiled manual there is a parts directory, parts specifications, a list of suppliers and service records to assist in the sourcing of replacement parts if required.
The Iso Grifo is a rare, desirable and collectible car and the example we are offering today could be the basis for a ground up restoration or a sensitive refurbishment and represents a unique opportunity, especially as it is being offered without reserve.
Coys, Essen, Germany
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||€71234|
|Chassis number||GL 720-132|
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