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Year: 1963

Manufacturer: Iso Rivolta

Model: Grifo A3

Country: Germany

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In the early 1950s Iso had already an established a strong reputation in lightweight motorcycles and motorscooters. Then the founder Renzo Rivolta, after an incredible success at Italy’s famed 1000-mile Mille Miglia race, with the iconic Isetta winning the trophy from 1953 to 1955, and the signature of the Licence agreement to BMW for the production of over 200,000 units, decided to enter into the GT cars world.

The original 1963 Iso A3 prototype became than the Grifo A3/C, where “C” stays for Corsa – a pure feature in the history of the Italian car manufacturer. 7000 rivets have been used by Sports Cars Modena to attach the aluminium body to the skeleton of the racing car. The Iso Rivolta Corsa won its class at the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1964 and 1965, arriving respectively 14th overall and 9th overall.

In 1965 the success of the car was extended even outside the race track, among very special clients like the singer and actor Johnny Hallyday, with his iconic A3 “Berlinetta Stradale”. Its design marked in 1963 the history of car design, with a sensuous form, subsequently used on many other famous cars for the following four years, like the Lamborghini Miura in 1966 up to the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale in 1967.

The Grifo A3/L prototype, where “L” stays for Lusso, became than the Grifo GL, and killed the “Berlinetta Stradale” that was licensed to Bizzarrini. 

This yellow virtual car, which is a 3D representation, is based on the first design of the prototype of the A3 #001 and the A3/C #002, which has been raced in Sebring with a stunning white livery with the “5” as race number.


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