1963 - 1974
litre V8 / 7.0 litre V8
spd manual, 3 spd auto, RWD
- 170 mph
- 390 bhp
Iso Grifo was a luxurious 2 door coupe derived from the unfortunatley
named Iso Rivolta of 1962.
The Iso Grifo which debuted in 1963 featured a shorter chassis
and flowing coupe lines penned by the Italian styling house
The engine of the Iso Grifo was not of Italian origin, instead
a GM sourced 5.4 litre V8 was used. This engine produced around
300 horsepower in the standard model and could propel the
car up to 150 mph. A 365 hp version was also available and
this was good for 160 mph. Transmission choices included a
four or five speed manual, or a 3 speed automatic.
In 1968 the Iso Grifo received a larger 7.0 litre V8, and
power output jumped to a very respectable 390 hp. With this
new engine the Grifo was capable of 170 mph.
In the final two years of production the Grifo was fitted
with a Ford 'Cleveland' V8 instead of the GM unit. Unfortunately
Iso struggled during the fuel crisis of the 1970's and the
company was forced into bankruptcy in 1974. In total 504 Iso
Grifo's were manufactured from 1963 - 1974.