1965 ISO Rivolta

Iso Automotoveicoli S.p.A. of Bresso, a suburb of Milan, introduced the Iso Rivolta in 1962. Company chairman Renzo Rivolta and former Ferrari engineer Giotto Bizzarrini envisioned it as a Gran Turismo car designed for long-distance journeys. For motor racing, however, the car was homologated not as a GT but as a Touring Car. The contemporary styling was by Giorgietto Giugiaro for Bertone and the steel platform chassis was designed by Bizzarrini. Power was from a 327 cubic-inch V8 Chevrolet Corvette engine offering 300 horsepower and backed by a four-speed manual transmission. The suspension was comprised of an uneven front linkage setup connected to a sturdy 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 found on all four corners.

When the Iso Rivolta was introduced in 1963, the engine offered 300 horsepower, thus the IR 300 name. The performance was exceptional for the four-passenger grand touring car, with 60 mph reached in about 8 seconds. For buyers seeking more power, a 340 SAE horsepower option was available, again backed by a four-speed gearbox from the Corvette.

A total of 797 Rivola GT300s were built before production ceased in 1970.

Company History
Iso had been founded in the 1930s under the name Isothermos. They were a leader in the production of refrigeration units and after the war, Renzo Rivolta had taken reigns and in 1953 re-founded the company as Iso AutoVeicoli with the purpose of producing motorcars. The first product was a little 'bubble-car' known as the Isetta. They later licensed the design to BMW which profited both companies.


by Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2020

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Iso Rivolta, 1962-1970

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1965 Vehicle Profiles

1965 ISO Rivolta vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: Bertone

Chassis Num: 410416
Engine Num: 699 F010850

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1965 ISO Rivolta vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: Bertone

Chassis Num: 097

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1965 ISO Rivolta vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: Bertone

Chassis Num: IR360303

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1965 ISO Rivolta vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: Bertone

Chassis Num: 350176
Engine Num: 309*F06073P

In 1962 Renzo Rivolta made his first GT car, the Iso Rivolta GT. With a chassis designed by Giotto Bizzarrini and styling by Giorgetto Giugiaro of Bertone, the Rivolta GT was a comfortable four-seater that handled like a sports car. It was a gran tur....[continue reading]

Coupe by Bertone
Chassis #: 410416 
Coupe by Bertone
Chassis #: 097 
Coupe by Bertone
Chassis #: IR360303 
Coupe by Bertone
Chassis #: 350176 


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Model Year Production

#1#2#3ISO
1970Ford (2,096,184)Chevrolet (1,451,305)Volkswagen (1,193,853)
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)

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