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1964 ISO Rivolta

Iso was founded in the 1930s and originally named Isothermos. They were a leader in the production of refrigeration units which provided the company with financial stability. After the war, in 1953, Renzo Rivolta took the reins and re-founded the company as Iso AutoVeicoli with the primary purpose of producing motorcars. Their first product was a little 'bubble car' known as the Isetta. The company profited more from the licensing fees collected from other manufacturers that built the Isetta under license, like BMW, which enjoyed out-standing success with the little front-door opening coupes.

The Iso Rivolta was introduced in 1962 at the Turin Motor Show wearing a modern contemporary design by Carrozzeria Bertone's Giorgetto Giugiaro and a steel platform chassis by Giotti Bizzarrini. The Italian coachwork was paired with American horsepower from Chevrolet sourced 327 CID V8s. The GM automatic gearbox and engine were replaced in 1972 with a Ford automatic gearbox and Cleveland 5,762cc, V8 engine giving 325 horsepower. Designed to be a Grand Tourer, the Rivolta's suspension used uneven front linkage set-up connect to a sway bar, aided by a rear suspension comprised of twin trailing arms combined with De Dion rear axle and Watt's linkage. Coils, shocks and disc brakes were placed at all four corners.

The Iso Rivolta was the company's first supercar and set the pattern for those that followed. Its future developments included the long-wheelbase, Ghia-styled Fidia four-door saloon, the short-wheelbase Grifo and the Rivolta-replacement Lele.

The Iso Rivolta was priced about two-thirds below the cost of an entry-level Ferrari at the time. An attractive price, alluring styling, power engine, and luxurious amenities led to the Rivolta enjoying strong sales. Iso's most successful model, the Rivolta was produced up to 1970, by which time a total of 797 cars had been built.


by Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2020

Related Reading : ISO Rivolta History

This car was the original brainchild of Renzo Rivolta who owned a large Italian manufacturing company. This beautiful car is the marriage of Italian body, chassis and interior with a high-powered American V8 engine and four-speed transmission. The chassis was designed by the famous Giorgio Bizzarrini and Bertone designed the body. Chevrolet provided the Corvette 327 cubic-inch V8 and transmission.....
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Iso Rivolta, 1962-1970

The Iso Rivolta was a well-styled Italian grand tourer with brutal power backing its sophisticated air. Why, then, is the name Iso uttered so infrequently and with so much less reverence than, say, Ferrari Taking a look at Isos history reveals a past less pedigreed than the stories behind more legendary Italian marques. Ferrari, Maserati, and Alfa Romeo all produced racing cars from their infancies.....
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1964 Vehicle Profiles

1964 ISO Rivolta vehicle information

Coupe

Renzo Rivolta started out in the refrigeration business, making refrigerators under the trade name 'Isotherm' after World War II. He decided he wanted to get into the transportation business and was successful in building motor scooters and motorcycl....[continue reading]

1964 ISO Rivolta vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 1R360303

Isothermos was founded in Genoa in 1939 and manufactured refrigeration units. Renzo Rivolta acquired the company in 1942 and had it moved to Bresso where it was refounded as Iso Autoveicoli S.p.A in 1953. It gained financial stability after designing....[continue reading]

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Coupe
Chassis #: 1R360303 

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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

$100-$8,595
1964 Rivolta
$8,595-$17,800

Other 1964 ISO Models

Rivolta

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
106.30 in.
8 cyl., 327.03 CID., 300.00hp
8 cyl., 327.03 CID., 365.00hp
$8,595 - $8,595
106.30 in.
8 cyl., 327.03 CID., 300.00hp
8 cyl., 327.03 CID., 340.00hp
$8,595 - $8,595
106.30 in.
8 cyl., 327.03 CID., 300.00hp
8 cyl., 327.03 CID., 340.00hp
$8,595 - $8,595
106.50 in.
8 cyl., 327.00 CID., 300.00hp
8 cyl., 327.03 CID., 350.00hp
$8,540 - $8,540
106.50 in.
8 cyl., 327.00 CID., 300.00hp
8 cyl., 327.03 CID., 350.00hp
8 cyl., 427.04 CID., 400.00hp
$8,540 - $8,540
106.50 in.
8 cyl., 327.00 CID., 300.00hp
$8,540 - $8,540

Industry Production

#1#2#3ISO
1969Chevrolet (2,092,947)Ford (1,826,777)Volkswagen (1,241,580)
1968Chevrolet (2,139,290)Ford (1,753,334)Volkswagen (1,191,854)
1967Chevrolet (2,206,639)Ford (1,730,224)Toyota (1,068,321)
1966Ford (2,212,415)Chevrolet (2,206,639)Volkswagen (1,168,146)
1965Chevrolet (2,375,118)Ford (2,170,795)Volkswagen (1,174,687)
1964Chevrolet (2,318,619)Ford (1,594,053)Toyota (1,068,321)
1963Chevrolet (2,237,201)Ford (1,525,404)Fiat (957,941)
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)

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