This Iso Grifo Was The Star Of The 1966 Paris Auto Show And It’s Up For Grabs

Beautiful things can happen when American muscle is married to Italian design. Just look at the 1953 Chrysler Ghia Special we brought you recently, or this stunning 1966 Iso Grifo.

Powered by a Corvette V8 and designed by Bertone, the Grifo remains a shining example of its era – a muscle car in an Armani suit. With only 332 made, it remains highly sought-after among collectors. But even in such rare company, the example you see here stands out.

Said to have been personally ordered by Nuccio Bertone himself, this Grifo featured prominently at the 53rd Paris Auto Show in 1966, tastefully resplendent in Grigio Astrale (read: dark grey) with a Pelle Avana (deep tan) leather and wood-trimmed interior. It spent much of its life in Italy and the Netherlands, and was imported to the United States a few years ago. It has since undergone a comprehensive restoration and kept in a climate-controlled environment, but looks like it’s just begging to be driven.

Now it’s heading for the auction block at the RM Sotheby’s sale in Monterey next month, where one fortunate buyer will hopefully fall in love with it even more deeply than we have from admiring it in the photos below, taken by Brian Rozar for RM Sotheby’s.

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  • Bash

    There is no reason Not to be a star Today.. its a pure beauty.. it even has a (perfect place) to put your (smart phone) lol… just to the right of the gear nob. even today’s car doesn’t have that feature..

  • supermanuel

    Pure automotive sculpture.

  • benT

    These and Aston Martin of the seventies were true muscle cars that made the American variant take note of the (american) deficiencies.

    • Michelin

      You could say the same about Pantera De Tomaso, american muscles in Italian body.

      • benT

        couldn’t handle a parking lot turn.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Chevrolet engine.

      • benT

        that’s all.
        nothing american about the design of everything else.
        mismatched power to handling.
        imbalance – motor too heavy.

        • Six Thousand Times

          The Chevy small block is anything but heavy. Plus, Italian supercars and Astons could cost 10 times more than your average muscle car of the era so, yes, that will buy a lot more refinement – if not always reliability. Mark you, I’m not much of a muscle car guy, myself, they were just big motors in average cars but your comparison between them and ISO’s and Astons is terribly flawed.

  • john1168

    I have to wonder if Ford got some inspiration from the back of this car when they created the 67/68 Mustang Fastback.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Timing would have been wrong. They both arrived nearly concurrently.

  • Michelin

    Iso is the same carmaker that projected and produced the Isetta, the little eggs that BMW produced for German market under Iso’so licence

  • Wandering_Spirit

    The interiors are something magic even by 2017 standards. Perhaps even better than some modern car.

  • Vassilis

    Beautiful. Interesting Alfa Romeo light clusters :p

  • nauticalone

    Just beautiful!

  • Big Black Duck

    what a beauty…i am in love

  • Six Thousand Times

    Quite literally, my dream car.


  • Test of Time

    In the late fifties through the early seventies, automobiles were very exciting. In1966 this automobile was mind-blowing—as it is today. That’s something!

  • Six_Tymes

    This is lovely, one of my fav cars of all time. As is the Jensen

    • Wandering_Spirit

      All very nice underdogs.

  • bxniels0

    I have a Matchbox Cars one just like it 🙂

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