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Iso Reviews

Iso was a busy company, building fridges, scooters, air conditioning units and the Isetta bubble car, before turning its hand to the luxury car market in 1962. The first car was the Rivolta, a steel-bodied car with more than a passing resemblance to the Gordon-Keeble GK1. Like all subsequent Isos it was powered by an American V8 engine.

The car Iso is best remembered for, the Grifo, created by Giotto Bizzarrini, was launched the following year and stayed in production until the company closed its doors in 1974. With a range of cars that had reached their sell-by date, the final nail was driven into the company’s coffin by the oil crisis, and huge downward pressure on speed limits.

Good: Sophisticated chassis, plenty of power from its US engine, a great GT car without the obviousness (or cost!) of a contemporary Ferrari
Bad: Rust and build issues, but most will have been restored at least once by now
Good: High performance four-door saloon, and a genuine alternative to the Maserati Quattroporte, fabulous styling and ample room
Bad: Lack of breeding in the engine department
Good: Great looks, ample performance - towering in 7.0-litre form, top drawer handling
Bad: 1960s Italian build quality and lack of resistance to corrosion
Good: Less-than-obvious Italian supercar, with pace, power and excellent roadholding, lots of presence at current values
Bad: Styling is a bit challenging
 

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