Monday, December 08, 2008

Mystery Car #53 — Revealed

This one caught my eye when it was being sold on eBay the beginning of November 2008. There was something about the fender vents and tilted front grille that reminded me of some of the older BMWs. But something didn't seem right. Instead this car was built by the Italian refigerator company and was powered by a 327 Chevrolet Corvette engine. As you probably know by now, Mystery Car #53 is a 1965 Iso Rivolta.
Together with the engineer Giotto Bizzarrini, the designer Giorgetto Giugiaro and the body-experts of Bertone, Renzo Rivolta began developing the Iso Rivolta IR 300 (presented on the Torino Show of 1962), an elegant 2 + 2 Coupé with well-balanced technical components and outstanding driving performance: the 5.4 L V8 Chevrolet Small-Block engine came from General Motors in Detroit, the transmission, too, axles (de Dion) and braking system (4 disc brakes!) came from the large Jaguars of the time.1


1Iso Rivolta by Wikipedia

2Iso Rivolta IR300 GT by Ultimate Car Page

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