Lot 162 - 1973 ISO Fidia
|Odometer reading||52,000 miles|
|Estimate||£75,000 - £85,000|
Manufacturers of the Isetta bubble car, Iso joined the ranks of supercar constructors in 1962 with the launch of the Giotto Bizzarrini-designed Rivolta coupé at the Turin Motor Show. The styling was carried out at Carrozzeria Bertone and penned by Giorgetto Giugiaro. The Fidia, longer in the wheelbase by approximately 150mm, was a more practical proposition than the two-door Rivolta on which it was based. Originally conceived as the S4 and introduced in 1967, the Fidia's four-door body was airy, graceful, purposeful and sleek, continuing Iso's leadership in advancing automobile design. Chevrolet engines of 5.4 or 5.7 litres were fitted initially. Towards the end of production, 35 Fidias were finally built with the 5.8-litre Ford V8 engine. Iso's proven underpinnings included independent front suspension, deDion rear axle and four wheel, power-assisted, disc brakes (inboard at the rear). It is believed that in all 16 RHD Fidia's (the first being sold to John Lennon in 1967) were produced, of which two were S4's and seven were Ford powered; only a few righthand drive cars are thought to still exist.
We are delighted to offer this 1973 example; one of the few righthand drive Fidias still in existence and fitted with the more unusual Ford V8 power plant. The original build sheet confirms that the Fidia was built on 20th July 1973 and included the addition of electronic ignition, automatic transmission, electric sunroof, power steering, a large sump pan, oil cooler, seat belts and Michelin tyres. The car was subsequently imported into the UK by Wood and Krailing Limited, a Lancia dealership based at that time in Theydon Boyle, Essex and was first registered on 20th December 1973. Four previous owners are recorded who include the importing dealership and Chris Lackner, the ISO & Bizzarrini Owners Club UK President who compiled a chronological summary of the car's account contained within the history file.
Presented in its original colour of dark blue with beige leather interior, this Iso Fidia is in excellent condition with a low recorded mileage of only approximately 51,500 miles upon its 200mph odometer. Excellent panel gaps provide a reassuring sign that the integral strength of this Fidia remains strong; in fact, a look on the undersides confirms that there is nothing untoward going on. The interior, we are informed, is original and also in very fine order; in fact such is the quality that it exudes, that it certainly entices both the driver and passengers into its luxury leather sporting seats. The driver is kept well informed with an array of instruments and directional control is provided via the Italian Nardi steering wheel. Entertainment for the driver and passengers, apart from the wonderful music from the 5.8 litre V8, is supplied by a high quality McIntosh sound system.
Mechanically, some modifications and upgrades have been incorporated which ensure that this Iso Fidia remains the fine and reliable Grand Tourer you will have imagined; a fact confirmed by the vendor who reassures us that the car has completed, and is capable of, sustained comfortable high speed European Touring trips. Alloy cylinder heads have been added and the gearbox upgraded to the later Ford 'Automatic Over Drive' (AOD) unit giving the driver better reliability and usability over the earlier original unit. To keep the chassis in shape and in control on the road, the suspension has been overhauled with new bushes and a vented disc brake conversion has been added; a recent road test confirms the car's reassuring ability. The Iso is offered with a current UK V5 registration document and MoT test certificate valid until February 2016.
It is recommended that this Fidia is viewed in the flesh as it has a certain charm that may not be appreciated in photographs alone and being a rare and exotic Italian coachbuilt Super Car, it offers serious high speed and stylish touring for four. With a keen estimate, the Fidia represents fabulous value in view of today's rising market and surely an opportunity to acquire something rather different.
Interested parties should note that the private registration pictured is to be retained by the vendor and an age related plate will accompany the car to the sale.
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