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For Sale at Auction: 1967 Iso Grifo GL in Paris, France

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To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys' Paris event, 5 February 2020.
Estimate:
€200,000 - €250,000

  • Offered from the Poster Car Collection
  • Originally owned by Righteous Brothers founding member Bobby Hatfield
  • Cosmetically and mechanically freshened in the mid-2000s
  • One of 200 Series I examples built and 413 total examples


Chassis no. GL 640068 was approximately the 68th Iso Grifo example built, completing assembly in late July 1966. Specified for the United States, the Grifo was equipped with a 350 cu. in. V-8 engine , a four-speed gearbox, Campagnolo wheels, and a 3.07 rear-axle ratio.

It was sold new to Bobby Hatfield, one of the original singers of the famed rock and roll band The Righteous Brothers, whose hits included 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'' and 'Unchained Melody'. As confirmed by a placard that remains affixed to the Grifo's dashboard, Hatfield commissioned the well-known Kustom Kulture luminary George Barris to finish the exterior, and it is believed that he painted the coachwork metallic gold, as suggested by paint samples discovered during a later refurbishment.

Subsequently sold to fellow California resident Larry Valie, the well-maintained Iso remained in the Golden State for many years, eventually joining a significant Ferrari-focused collection. In 2005 the Grifo was purchased from the collection by a British enthusiast who conducted a mechanical freshening and bare-metal repaint in the current maroon and reupholstered the interior with beige leather. It was sold to its present owner in 2014 and would make a fantastic addition to any collection of Italian grand tourers and etceterini.



  • Issue de la Collection "Poster Car"

  • Initialement propri�t� de Bobby Hatfield, l'un des fondateurs des Righteous Brothers

  • Remise � niveau esth�tiquement et m�caniquement au milieu des ann�es 2000

  • L'un des 200 exemplaires de la S�rie I sur les 413 produits en tout


Le ch�ssis n� GL 640068 est environ la 68e Iso Griffo produite ; son montage s'est achev� fin juillet 1966. Destin�e aux Etats-Unis, elle est �quip�e d'un V8 de 5,7 litres, d'une bo�te � quatre rapports, de roues Campagnolo et d'un pont de rapport 3,07.

Cette voiture fut vendue � Bobby Hatfield, l'un des chanteurs � l'origine des Righteous Brothers, le c�l�bre groupe de rock qui compte parmi ses succ�s "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" et "Unchained Melody". Une �tiquette toujours pr�sente sur son tableau de bord confirme que Hatfield avait charg� George Barris, la sommit� bien connue de la Kustom Kulture, d'en repeindre l'ext�rieur ; on pense qu'il l'avait repeint en dor� m�tallis�, ce que sugg�rent des traces de peinture d�couvertes par la suite � l'occasion d'une remise en �tat.

Cette Iso bien entretenue fut par la suite revendue � Larry Valie, un Californien, et resta plusieurs ann�es dans cet Etat o� elle finit par rejoindre une importante collection centr�e sur les Ferrari. En 2005, elle fut rachet�e � cette collection par un amateur britannique qui entreprit sa remise en �tat m�canique, la d�capa pour la repeindre dans son bordeaux actuel et en regarnit l'int�rieur de cuir beige. Elle a �t� vendue � son propri�taire actuel en 2014 ; elle repr�senterait un merveilleux apport � toute collection de GT et d'etceterini italiennes.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/pa20.

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1309460
  • Price:Auction Vehicle
  • Location:Paris, France
  • Year:1967
  • Make:Iso
  • Model:Grifo GL
  • Odometer:0
  • Stock Number:830803
  • VIN:640068

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