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Collector Car Watch: Iso Lele

Posted in Chevrolet, Collector Cars, Design, History by Dustin Driver | November 10th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

Back in the ’60s car magnate Renzo Rivolta assembled an Italian automotive superhero team: Ultimate engineer Giotto Bizzarrini, supreme designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, and legendary chassis builder and design house Bertone. The League of Extraordinary Automotive Awesomeness then grabbed one of the most legendary power plants on the planet: The Chevy v8. Iso Rivolta cars had Italian style in spades and American muscle and reliability by the ton. By the early ’70s, however, the company was facing bankruptcy. One of the last cars it made was the Iso Lele, a Gandini-designed 2+2 GT car powered by either a Chevy 327/350 v8 or a Ford 351 Cleveland V8.

The cars had between 300 and 360 rock-solid horsepower stock. Just 285 cars were produced, but despite their rarity nice examples can be had for around $20,000. That’s an awful lot of extraordinary Italian automobile for for the money. Plus, you can get parts for it at your local Pep Boys. And the tuning potential . . . well, let your imagination run wild.

Just imagine blasting down America’s highways in one, a retired Italian supermodel in the passenger seat. That’s truly Grand Touring.

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