1971 Iso Grifo Series II by Bertone

Renowned for its fusion of sophisticated Italian design and dependable American power, the Iso Grifo graced the automotive scene from 1965 to 1974. In 1970, the Bertone styling underwent an update, incorporating concealed headlights that accentuated its already streamlined appearance.

These second-series models, commonly known as Series II, predominantly featured the mighty 427-cubic-inch Chevrolet V-8 engine. While the larger engine offered greater straight-line speed, many enthusiasts favored the available small-block 350-cubic-inch Chevy V-8 due to its lighter weight, which translated into enhanced handling capabilities.

With a reduction of approximately 200 pounds in weight, yet still delivering around 350 horsepower, the disparity in handling and performance became evident. According to Iso historians, a mere 17 Grifo Series IIs were manufactured as small-block coupes, underscoring their rarity and significance.

Source: RM Sotheby’s