The Iso Rivolta is a luxurious Coupé introduced in 1962 by Iso Automotoveicoli S.p.A. of Bresso, a suburb of Milan. Company chairman Renzo Rivolta and his colleague, former Ferrari engineer Giotto Bizzarrini saw it as a Gran-Turismo Car in the original sense of the term, designed for long and memorable journeys. For motor racing, however, the car was homologated not as a GT but as a Touring Car.
The manufacturer wanted the car to be known for its powerful engine, high quality of construction and elegant style. Expensive press-tool dies were produced, but volumes never justified the investment in presses to go with them, and for several years the dies were kept at the factory and periodically sent out to be fitted to a sub-contracted press in the area in order that a batch of body panels could be produced.
Although originally envisaged as a competitor for the elegant Fiat 2300 Coupé, the low sales volumes achieved by the Iso Rivolta 300 made it prudent to move the car and its price upmarket. A 5.4 litre V8 engine was fitted, similar to one of the units installed in the Chevrolet Corvette. The all-synchromesh four-speed gear change was operated with a central floor mounted stick shift.
This particular example, originally from the United States, is presented in a condition which can only be described as a “ restoration” project. The car, however, runs and drives and is totally original with matching numbers, Borrani wheels , spare wheel, jack and comes with a 4 speed gearbox.
This gearbox is mated to a hefty 5.4 Litre 327 Cubic inch V8. These are extremely rare Italian Bertone designed cars which are highly sought after and would make a wonderful concours restoration project. Presented in red with black interior and with everything original and unmolested, this is quite simply one of the most exciting projects available at this time.