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Discussion in 'Other Italian' started by Ronbo, Jan 23, 2006.

  1. Ronbo

    Ronbo Formula Junior

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    Hi all --

    Anyone with first-hand knowledge of the Grifo? I'm not looking seriously yet - I just bought a 456 and that took care of the budget for a while - but eventually I would like to collect European sports cars with US motors.

    So, what is the car like to live with? What are the pitfalls of ownership and/or restoration? How much can one reasonably do oneself?

    Realistically, I am several years from jumping into this, so please don't try to sell me a car (especially a nice one - I might cry). I just want to know whether this is a reasonable type of collection to try to assemble w/o mega bucks. My idea is to pick up one of each Detroit powerplant: (1) Iso Grifo (corvette engine); (2) Facel II (mopar hemi); (3) DeTomaso Mangusta (Ford Cleveland).

    Anyone have this kind of collection, or even one of these cars?

    Thanks,

    Ron
     
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  3. riverflyer

    riverflyer F1 Rookie

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    Hey Ron, I have been into Iso's for a while now. They have become very hard to find in good condition and have several areas prone to rust. Mint condition cars are very expensive now and there is a big market with few cars. When the bizzarini got discoverd it pulled the Iso along in its wake, so better start saving. I find the design very attractive and you can mod them up like any corvette should you so choose. I have some old reprints of car mag articles, compliments of another very helpful board member, and could pass them along should you be interested. Drop me pm with your email address and let me know whether you are high speed or dial up.
    There is an Iso/Bizzarini club with many very knowledgeable members who can help you out when you are ready to really start looking.
     
  4. GhostRider

    GhostRider Formula Junior

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    No 351 Clevelands in the Mangusta (not from the factory anyway). Only 289 and 302's.
     
  5. Ronbo

    Ronbo Formula Junior

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    John, you have PM.

    Matt, thanks for the info.

    Any other Ford drivetrains in Euro sports cars?
     
  6. Bill Sawyer

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  8. Erich

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    Depends on how you look at a Cobra.

    If it is an AC it is European.
    If it is a Shelby it is US.
     
  9. tritone

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    early TVR Griffith
    AC 428
    very late Mangusta (became Qvale's ?)
    Some funny mid-engine AC's in the ?'80's-'90's?
    Some Intermeccanica's
    Iso Lele

    all I can think of now.......

    James
     
  10. Ferrariforever

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    Iso Grifo is the best
     
  11. Erich

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    The Grifo is a fine car but the engine was a Small block Chevy, not a Ford
     
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  13. JamesSimpson

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  14. masermartin

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    Lotus had a few Ford drivetrains and vise versa.
     
  15. masermartin

    masermartin Formula Junior

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    Oh and the Koenigsegg had a Ford motor in until recently... :)
     
  16. Rifledriver

    Rifledriver Two Time F1 World Champ

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    Iso Grifo Le Mans.

    427 Big Block OOO RAH
     
  17. The Noble has a Ford Contour engine. The Saab Sonett has a v-4 Ford.
     
  18. kvisser

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    #15 kvisser, Apr 4, 2006
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    I had the pleasure of shooting a beautiful iso grifo at my friend's shop. Wonderful Italian styling with a throaty vette rumble. The best of both worlds.

    cheers

    kcv
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  19. jimpo1

    jimpo1 Two Time F1 World Champ
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    When I was a kid, my favorite Matchbox car was a Iso Grifo. I still have it.
     
  20. writerguy

    writerguy F1 Veteran

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    The Grifo is basically the same car as a Bizzarini...

    The engine was a Corvette V8
    The Chassis designed by Bizzarini

    Body by Drogo and others

    No 2 are completely identical

    they came in Alloy , Glass, and Metal

    They won LeMan's GT devision in a Grifo that had Bizzarini badges thus ending the relationship (Bizzarini was the team engineer on the Ferrari 250 GTO and also designed the 12 cyl in the first generations Lamborghini's. He also helped create the BreadVan undercontract to Volpe
     
  21. Horsefly

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    #18 Horsefly, Apr 10, 2006
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    The tale of the Griffo being the same as a Bizzarrini is often repeated, but the Bizzarrini has considerable differences and is much rarer, and more expensive. Here is a photochop that I've posted several times before when the question came up. They are not really that much alike.
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  22. Miltonian

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  23. Horsefly

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    True, but isn't that how the Grifo evolved into the Bizzarrini? The C was the competition derivitive of the Grifo which was a long way from the stock version. How many C versions did they build? By the way, there has been a guy with an ad in Hemmings for years WANTING anything Bizzarrini. The Bizzarrini market must have been cornered a long time ago.
     
  24. Olczyk

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    #21 Olczyk, Apr 25, 2006
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