As a prototype, the Iso Rivolta Lele debuted at the 1969 New York International Auto Show. It was a 2+2 configuration that filled the gap between the two seater Grifo and the four door Fidia. The ‘standard’ Lele also used the Corvette 327ci V8 with either a manual or automatic transmission. Giugiaro of Bertone styled the Lele, naturally.
Based on what came later, therefore, the Iso Lele can rightly be termed today as an act of vision. It resulted from a promise that Piero Rivolta, son of Iso founder Renzo Rivolta, made to his wife, for whom the Lele was named, that Iso would be a full-line car company.
Even among Italo-exotica, the Lele is an incredible rarity. A total of 285 were built from 1970 through 1974, with a mere 45 having been produced in Right Hand Drive configuration. It is believed that only around half of those Right hand drive cars survive today.
Registered on 27th January 1975, and finished in the classic combination of Rosso with a Tan/Nero leather interior, this very rare survivor is one of the last Lele’s produced by ISO.
This particular Iso was in the custodianship of an Isle of Wight resident for almost 20 years, and dry stored for much of this time, during which only approximately 1000 miles were covered. The Lele has recently enjoyed a thorough program of recommissioning by its current owner, a hugely enthusiastic UK-based Iso enthusiast and collector.
The engine received a service with new fluids, and the fitting of a new fuel pump. To improve running and reliability the distributor was uprated to a new electronic unit. The rear exhaust sections were deemed to be substandard, and so were renewed. The suspension was also attended to, with the fitting of new shock absorbers, new rear springs and new track rod ends. As a finishing touch the wheels have been refurbished.
Now running and driving as it should, and offered with its UK V5 document and current MoT certificate, this is a fantastic opportunity to find yourself behind the wheel of a very rare and striking GT car of the 1970s.