Lot 287 - 1975 ISO Rivolta Lele
|Odometer reading||37,124 miles|
|Estimate||£45,000 - £50,000|
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 Iso Rivolta Lele, named after Lele Rivolta, the wife of Piero Rivolta (son of Iso company founder Renzo) was a sports coupé manufactured between 1969 and 1974. Marchello Gandini, who also designed the Lamborghini Miura, Countach and Maserati Khamsin, penned the design. The Lele, being a 2+2 seater, filled the gap between the Grifo and the Fidia and shared its powertrain, a V8 engine with automatic gearbox, from General Motors (GM). In 1972 the GM engine was replaced with a Ford automatic gearbox and Cleveland 351 cubic in. V8 engine.
The Iso Rivolta Lele offered today is presented with striking red coachwork with a contrasting magnolia hide interior; the exterior is complemented by the magnesium alloy wheels and all is presented in very good order. Manufactured in 1974 and first registered in January 1975, this automatic Lele is fitted with the later Sports dashboard which includes a voltmeter, water temperature, oil temperature and fuel gauge located in front of the passenger and has the further advantage of an adjustable steering column. This genuine UK registered Lele is one of only 50 right hand drive cars produced and is number 261 of a total of 280 built. Having recently come out of long term storage since 1997, this Lele has undergone light re-commissioning and is now presented in full working order (even the air conditioning works) with an MoT test certificate valid until June 2016. With only three recorded keepers, this recognised supercar and rare Lele model offers a magnificent opportunity given the difficulty in sourcing the type in today's buoyant and crowded market place.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.