High bid of $1,100,000 at 2014 Mecum - Monterey. (did not sell) Coupe
Chassis #: BO213
Giotto Bizzarini joined Renzo Rivolta at Iso in 1962, and together they created the Iso Rivolta with a body designed by Bertone. The first unpainted prototype (B0201) was shown at the Turin Auto Salon in 1963 with the trademark riveted aluminum body made by Piero Drogo at Sports Car Modena. A3Cs took part in many races, including the 12 Hours of Sebring, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 1,000-km race at Nurburgring.
This car is the 13th of 29 cars built with the riveted body and a revised curved rear screen at the end of 1964. After completion it was delivered to the German distributor Auto Becker and spent many years in Switzerland. It has just been restored by Salvatore Diomante in Turin.
During engineer Giotto Bizzarrini early career, he worked as a project engineer, creating arguably three of the most important vehicles in Italian automotive history - the list includes the Ferrari 250 GTO, Lamborghini's original 3500GT V-12 engine and Renzo Rivolta's Iso Grifo. In the early 1960s he opened his own company, 'Prototipo Bizzarrini S.a.r.l., Progettazione e Construzioni Automobili,' in Livonia. His newly formed company built high performance versions of the Iso Grifo, built in limited numbers and with a different mission, for the A3C, as it was designated, was for racing. In total, Bizzarrini built 20 Iso Griffo A3/C coupes using lightweight riveted aluminum alloy bodies fabricated by Piero Drogo's Carrozzeria Sports Auto. The bodies used over 7,000 rivets. These highly prepared sports cars had a top speed of 168 MPH, thanks (in part) to the 327/365 HP Corvette engine.
This example was completed in late 1964 and delivered new to Auto Becker in Germany in January. It was owned by race car driver Pierre de Sibenthal from the 1970s until the 1980s. In the late 1980s, it was sold to a new owner, remaining in Italy.
The engine is the aforementioned Corvette 327, with four Weber side draft carburetors and rated at 400 horsepower. In 2012 and 2013 it was put through a comprehensive ground-up restoration.