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Lot 243: Iso Fidia Saloon

The Monaco Sale, Bonhams (11 May 2012)

Bubblecar manufacturer Iso joined the ranks of supercar constructors in 1962 with the launch of the Giotto Bizzarrini-designed Rivolta coup� at the Turin Motor Show. Styled at Carrozzeria Bertone by Giorgetto Giugiaro, Iso's first supercar set the pattern for those that followed: Bizzarrini-designed chassis, Bertone coachwork and Chevrolet engines, though for the long-wheelbase Fidia four-door saloon Iso turned to Carrozzeria Ghia where it was styled by new recruit Giugiaro. Longer in the wheelbase by approximately 150mm, the Fidia was a more practical proposition that the two-door Rivolta on which it was based. Chevrolet engines of 5.4 or 5.7 litres were fitted initially while the final version came with a 5.8-litre Ford V8 under the bonnet. High development costs and a most luxurious specification resulted in the hand-built Fidia costing more than a Rolls-Royce. In total, only 192 were made between 1968 and 1974 when production of all Iso models ceased. John Lennon was one of the Fidia's high-profile celebrity owners, purchasing the second car built and the first with right-hand drive. This ultra-rare Iso Fidia is one of only 35 built with the Ford Cleveland engine. Chassis number '176' was originally supplied via Auto Becker in D�sseldorf, Germany and has had four owners from new. Between 2009 and 2011 the engine was completely overhauled by von Twistern in Bremerhaven, Germany with new Mahle pistons, new crankshaft, etc. The automatic gearbox was overhauled also and the car fitted with new suspension (powder coated), new electrical system and a stainless steel exhaust system and manifold. A Becker Nadelstreifen radio has been installed, of traditional appearance but equipped with satellite navigation and MP3 player. The Fidia is finished in dark blue (its original colour) with original beige leather interior and is offered with its original German logbook and a large file of restoration invoices totalling some �30,000.

Cette rarissime Iso Fidia vendue neuve en Allemagne qui fait partie des 35 voitures dot�es du moteur Ford Cleveland 5,8 litres, a eu quatre propri�taires. Entre 2009 et 2011, le moteur a �t� refait, la bo�te automatique r�vis�e et la voiture a re�u des suspensions, un circuit �lectrique et un collecteur et un �chappement inox neufs. Peinte en bleu fonc� avec int�rieur d'origine en cuir beige et accompagn�e de ses papiers allemands et de son dossier de restauration.

Lot Details
Auction The Monaco Sale
Bonhams, Monaco
Lot Number243
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€45000
Hammer Price (inc premium)€51750
Condition rating0
Registration number
Chassis numberFA 250 176
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors4