Well, that was pretty tough, and this picture didn’t give you much to go on, but that didn’t stop Engineerd, with a little help from franchitti to guess it is . . .
. . . an Iso Grifo!
Penned by Giorgetto Giugiaro while at Bertone, and engineered by Giotto Bizzarrini for refrigerator maker Renzo Rivolta, the Grifo took its place beside the likes of the Lamborghini 400GT and Ferrari 330 GTC as a hyper-kinetic luxury tourer. From its launch in 1963 to its ultimate demise 11 years later, the Grifo was the recipient of a number of Chevy (and a small number of Ford) V8s. This car has the Corvette 427, topped by a quartet of Weber down draughts, and backed up by a BW top-loader four speed.
A falling out between Rivolta and Bizzarrini meant that the Grifo split into two cars midway through its life- the Rivolta-branded Grifo, and a car sold under the Bizzarrini name. With fewer than 400 built, these cars are trading today in the quarter of a million dollar range. The Iso name may not be as well known as Ferrari or Lamborghini, but there’s no denying the visceral punch of seeing one of these in the metal. Being able to do so on a daily basis makes that price seem well worth it.
Solid work, guys!