56 Built…Really: ’73 Iso Rivolta Fidia
Iso Rivolta built some very neat cars. They were graced with beautiful body designs coupled with bullet-proof American V-8s. But did you know they started out making refrigeration units? Oh, and then they built motorcycles and micro-cars. The most famous being the Isetta. And a very collectible microcar it became. BMW was licensed to build a version and they are at the top of the collector heap. Now this is where it gets interesting – in the ’60s, Giotto Bizzarrini, Giorgetto Giugiaro, Bertone and Renzo Rivolta (our spell-checker just exploded!) got together to build a 2+2 sports car called the Iso Rivolta IR300. It was beautiful and powered by a mighty fine Chevy engine with lots of horsepower. It was moderately successful. Renzo died at 66 after the introduction of the Iso Grifo – the best known and most highly coveted of all Iso cars. We know where there is a 7-litre Grifo but we ain’t telling you. His son Piero took over at the ripe age of 25 and immediately began development of a 4-door luxury car to compete with the Maserati Quattroporte. The end result is what we have here – the Iso Fidia. It was designed by Ghia and early cars were still Chevy powered. Our offering is a ’73 and by this time Ford engines were specified due to a contract disagreement with Chevy (they wanted to get paid). During the entire run of Fidias, only 56 were built making them very rare. The seller states this one has some needs and mostly in the electrical area. We have no idea what it will take to get everything working. Sloppy install (their words not ours) of an electronic ignition needs attention as well as a headliner and some door adjustments. But if you like Italian cars with some pizzazz and don’t like spending 60 hours of shop time to change a V-12 head gasket, this may be something to look at. Check out the eBay auction by clicking here.