The second series Iso Rivolta IR 300 GT Coupe offered for sale here was built for the French market on 11/12/1966 and completed as number 559 of 792 built. Only two years later, on 31.01.1968, the car was registered for the first time in France. The current owner acquired the car in France in 2015 and did not register it again until 2023. It can be assumed that the car spent its entire life in France until 2015.
It was freshly painted in 2014 and still presents itself with its first leather and interior. The IR 300 has been technically overhauled and recently received a fresh service and a full inspection.
According to the Iso Rivolta Club, there are about 300 vehicles left in the world today. Therefore this very original car is a real collector's item.
This year (2023) the ISO Rivolta achieved 3rd place at the FIVA Concours D' Elegannce at the Techno Classica in class F (1961-1970). In particular, it was awarded for its originality.
The Rivolta IR 300 was presented to the public for the first time at the 1962 Turin Motor Show. It was the dream come true of two men - company boss Renzo Rivolta, after whom the car is named, and engineer Giotto Bizzarrini, formerly of Ferrari, who conceived the model as a magnificent Gran Turismo.
Bertone's Giorgetto Giugiaro led the design of the elegant 2+2 coupé with classic proportions and an impressive grille. Large windows make for a bright cabin, the interior has an Italian flair with leather, wood and beautifully designed Veglia instruments. The partially self-supporting sheet steel body was manufactured by Bertone. It was mounted on to a solid steel box frame, developed by Giotto Bizzarrini and Pierluigi Raggi. At the front, the wheels are individually suspended on trapezoidal triangular wishbones and coil springs; at the rear, a De Dion construction ensures wheel control. Four disc brakes decelerate the power of the 5.4-litre Corvette engine, which accelerates the Coupé to up to 218 km/h. The four gears are engaged by a fully synchronised Borg-Warner gearbox, which transmits power to the two rear wheels.
In its day, the IR 300 had a hard time. Because, within its price range (still DM 40,000 in 1965) it competed with Ferrari, Maserati and Aston Martin. On top of that competition from the more sporty Iso Grifo, which ultimately led to only 792 Iso Rivolta Coupés being produced.
With a combination of sharp Italian tailoring and powerful but reliable Detroit muscle, the Iso IR 300 GT Coupe is undoubtedly the best of all possible worlds and the ideal companion for long-distance touring.