Renzo Rivolta had made a fortune building refrigerators and microcars, but at the 1962 Turin Motor Show his company debuted something much, much different. The Bertone-bodied Iso Rivolta was an elegant GT car with four seats, a luxuriously appointed interior and a 327 cubic inch V-8 sourced from the Corvette. Ex-Ferrari engineer Giotto Bizzarrini designed the strong pressed steel chassis, and suspension was by unequal-length arms and coil springs up front with a De Dion rear suspension. The brakes were also discs front and rear, making the Iso Rivolta quite advanced for its day. When new it cost a hefty $9,000, and since Iso never built more than 200 examples in any given year, it was highly exclusive from day one. Today, they make sensible exotic classics thanks to their mixture of Italian styling and design with reliable, straightforward GM running gear. They also make fantastic high-speed tourers and will easily cover long distances at a good clip.
Renzo Rivolta's son Piero recalled years later having chased down a Ferrari Superamerica on the Autostrada until it burst. That's how competent and reliable an Iso Rivolta is.
This 1965 Iso Rivolta is a straight, honest and largely original example that would be an ideal candidate for a straightforward restoration that can also be enjoyed during the process. It is currently finished in black primer and has a vinyl roof and a dark red button-tufted leather interior piped in white that was redone some years ago. Importantly, it has the 4-speed gearbox complementing its powerful Chevy V-8. It also has painted Borrani wire wheels and factory air conditioning. Other than some rust in the inner rockers, the car is straight and, just as importantly, complete. Iso Rivoltas offer not only offer comfortable high-speed motoring in a sleek and elegant package, they also do so more reliably and economically than many of their Italian counterparts. A rare, beautiful and exotic vintage GT, this example could easily be brought back to prime condition.
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