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Coachwork by Bertone
*Please note that this vehicle is titled 1971, with the VIN as 220369.
Preservation Quality ExampleOriginal Owner, Italy (acquired new in 1972)Current Owner (acquired from above in 1974)
For the Grifo, Iso fused hand-built Italian coachwork with powerful American V-8 engines to create a machine altogether new and fantastic. Outstanding for its wonderfully original condition, two-owner provenance, and low recorded mileage, this late-production Grifo is all the more fascinating because it has been stored in the owner’s Southern California garage since 1979, virtually unknown to the car-collecting community.
Chassis GL220369 is one of the last Chevy-powered Grifos built. According to the research of Iso enthusiasts, only 20 Chevrolet-powered Series II Grifos were produced, and of these, just two coupes had the desirable combination of a 350 CID V-8 coupled to the five-speed ZF manual gearbox. Equipped with a 2.88:1 ratio rear end, air-conditioning, power windows, power antenna, and a stereo cassette player/recorder, this Series II was delivered new in Italy. Its first owner drove the Iso in Europe, then shipped it to Southern California, where he also enjoyed it on the roadways.
The current owner first fell in love with Grifos when he saw one in a movie. He acquired GL220369 in the Los Angeles area in 1974 and enjoyed it sparingly, adding only 1,500 km during the rest of the decade. In 1979, the car was taken off the road to ensure its preservation, and although regularly started and warmed, it has been minimally driven over the past 40 years, with the odometer currently reading under 24,000 km.
Beginning in 2015, this Series II was sympathetically recommissioned by Maurice Mentens, a noted Iso restoration specialist based in the Los Angeles area; Mentens considers this the most original Grifo he has encountered in the past two decades, a benchmark upon which to base future restorations. During this process, Mentens cleaned and treated the engine compartment and undercarriage with a preservative, without disturbing any painted parts or surfaces. Fluids have been replaced, and new factory tie rods fitted for safe operation. The factory original exhaust remains, as do the period Pirelli Cinturato tires, still showing plenty of tread.
The red paint finish has been hand-polished and waxed by a noted paint preservation expert and is described as being 90% original. Previous touch-ups were noted and any remaining flaws have been preserved. The chrome trim and brightwork are in excellent original condition. The interior too is original and in excellent condition, with the corduroy and black leather seats having been revived by a specialist. The trunk, reportedly unopened since the late 1970s, revealed the rare original tool roll and an unused Campagnolo Tecnomagnesio spare wheel.
This is an opportunity not to be missed, as GL220369 presents a chance to acquire an ultra-rare, low-mileage, preservation-class Iso that has never before been restored, exhibited, or offered for public sale.