Iso Grifo

The Iso Grifo is an Italian designed, American engined supercar from the 1960s.  In fact production started in 1963 and went on for 11 years as it competed against many of the classic Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Maseratis.

Beautiful to look at, easy to look after. What is there not to love about it?

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Iso Grifo, photo by Sottotono

The body was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro at Bertone, while Giotto Bizzarrini (ex-Ferrari chief engineer and the main man behind the 250 GTO) put his designed the mechanical systems.

A number of different engines were used in the car:

  • 5.4 litre OHV-V8 (Chevrolet), 300/355 hp
  • 5.8 litre OHV-V8 (Ford), 365 hp (270 kW)
  • 7.0 litre OHV-V8 (Chevrolet), 435 hp (320 kW)
  • 7.4 litre OHV-V8 (Chevrolet), 395 hp (295 kW)

Motoring Videos

Petrolicius – commentary

An owner talks about the joy of driving his Grifo on a weekly basis despite its rarity.

Cartorque – commentary

EvenbeeldCarVideos – nice film, no talking – car from 1967

Supercarclassics – 1972 series 2, no talking again


In 1963 the ISO Rivolta Grifo recorded a top speed of 161 mph making it the fastest production car and the first car over 250kmph.

Scale Models Of The Iso Grifo

I haven’t found any 1:18 scale models but I know the following have been made of this beautiful car.

  • 1:43 Minichamps
  • 1:43 Neo

There are also Matchbox and Corgi models from the 1960s.


Minichamps model of the Iso Grifo in 1:43 scale
Minichamps model of the Iso Grifo in 1:43 scale

I really hope that someone decides to revive this car in 1:18 scale with a good quality model at a fair price.

I’ve made it easy for you to check what models are available at what price from these websites:

eBay and

Collectable Diecast – a specialist model retailer in America

Please check the search results carefully.

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