1973 ISO Lele

Before Iso produced cars, it was now as Isothermos and it manufactured refrigeration units. The company was founded in Genoa in 1939, later transferred to Bresso in 1942 by Renzo Rivolta. In 1953, the business was re-founded as Iso Autoveicoli S.p.A. and focused on the lucrative automotive market. After Renzo Rivola passed away in 1966, his son, Piero, became managing director. The company would remain in business until 1974.

The Iso Lele, also known as the Iso Rivolta Lele, was built during those final years of the company's existence. Introduced at the 1969 New York International Auto Show, production lasted from 1969 to 1974 with 285 examples being produced. The LeLe was a 2+2 seater which wore a design by Marcello Gandini of Bertone. The V8 engine was shared with its siblings, the Grifo and Fidia, and had a 5,354cc displacements and offered 300 horsepower with the automatic transmission and 350 hp with the manual gearbox. Initially, Iso used General Motors Muncie wide-ratio 4-speed manual gearboxes, but later switched to a ZF 5-speed unit. Engine capacity increased to 5,736cc in 1970. In 1972, General Motors made changes to their agreement with Iso, requiring them to pay in advance for the engines. So Iso switched to Ford's Cleveland V8 powerplants. Additionally, Ford automatic transmissions were used, while the manual continued to be a 5-speed unit.

The Iso Lele was named after Renzo Rivolta's wife and was the fulfillment of the promise to build a full-line car company.


by Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2019

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The Iso Lele was produced from 1969 through 1974 with a total of 285 examples produced. It was a 22 seater that was positioned between the Grifo and the Fidia and was fitted with a V8 engine (from Chevrolet or Ford). The style was performed by Marcello Gandini at Bertone. Piero Rivolta, the son of Iso company founder Renzo, named the car Lele after his wife - Lele Rivolta. The Lele was....
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The name Iso has been synonymous with luxury for many years throughout the automobile world. Ieri, oggi, domani Italian for yesterday, today and tomorrow Is Isos trademark. Named after Lele Rivolta, the wife of Piero Rivolta the son of Iso, the company founder of Renzo, the Iso Lele was quite a classy vehicle. Unveiled in 1969, the Lele was designed by Bertone and was the successor to the....
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1973 ISO Lele vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: EBK6372 PAS 1

The Lele was a 2+2 sports coupe produced by Italian automaker Iso Rivolta between 1969 and 1974. It was intended to fill the gap between their Grifo and Fida models, and named after the wife of Piero Rivolta, the son of the company's founder, Renzo. ....[continue reading]

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Chassis #: EBK6372 PAS 1 


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1973 Lele
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Model Year Production

#1#2#3ISO
1978Chevrolet (2,375,436)Ford (1,923,655)Renault (1,240,941)
1977Chevrolet (2,543,153)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,840,427)
1976Chevrolet (2,103,862)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,861,537)
1975Chevrolet (1,755,773)Toyota (1,714,836)Ford (1,569,608)
1974Chevrolet (2,333,839)Ford (2,179,791)Renault (1,355,799)
1973Chevrolet (2,579,509)Ford (2,349,815)Fiat (1,390,251)
1972Chevrolet (2,420,564)Ford (2,246,563)Fiat (1,368,216)
1971Ford (2,054,351)Chevrolet (1,830,319)Volkswagen (1,128,784)
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)

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