Thursday, May 14, 2009

1965 Iso Rivolta IR 300

Like yesterday's Westland Healey, this is another car that doesn't fit the mold of this blog. Like yesterday's car, this is not an inexpensive car (It will sell for a lot less the the Westland Healey's $125,000.00 asking price, though). Unlike yesterday's car, the Iso Rivolta is drop-dead gorgeous. I could stare at it all day. (Which is pretty much what I've been doing).

The story of Italian Iso company itself is impressive. The company started as a maker of refrigerators. After WWII they started manufacturing motorcycles and scooters. In the mid 1950s they developed a small bubble car called the Isetta. They licensed the rights to build this car to several manufacturers, most notably BMW, and it went on to become the best known micro-cars in the world. BMW sold over 100,000 Isettas. (Click here to see an earlier post about the Isetta)

It's been said that Iso's founder, Renzo Rivolta, built the Iso Rivolta because he desired a car as fast and comfortable as his Maseratis and Jaguars were, but one that was far more reliable than either of those. He contacted engineer Giotto Bizzarrini and designer Giorgetto Giugiaro and set out to build the Iso Rivolta IR 300.

The Iso Rivolta uses a Chevrolet V8 engine and transmission. The de Dion suspension and 4 wheel disc brakes came from Jaguar. These gave the car the power and handling expected in an expensive Italian GT car. The Giugiaro designed body is a masterpiece.

The car being offered on eBay appears to be in very nice condition. The silver exterior and tan interior are a nice contrast. The car has been repainted, the carpet is new and it has 5 new Boranni wire wheels. Everything else is original according to the seller.

I think I'll buy a lottery ticket on my way home from work tonight. I'll have to win big, though. Not only will I need enough money to cover the price of the car, I'm going to need enough to retire... I'm just going to want to sit home and stare at the car all day.

Click here to see the eBay listing for this 1965 Iso Rivolta.

Click here to see a very informative Iso Rivolta enthusiast website.

3 comments:

hoov23 said...

This car looks a lot like a BMW CS, but I think I'd rather have the Bimmer...

Anonymous said...

This car is getting a lot of attention... http://bringatrailer.com/2009/05/15/1965-iso-rivolta/#more-1750

It looks like you scooped Bring A Trailer!

Just A Car Geek said...

It's a pretty amazing car. I'm not surprised it's getting attention.

Bring a Trailer is one of my favorite sites!

Dave