In 1970 ISO Rivolta carried out a face lift of it’s ISO Grifo model, the most noticeable external difference between the Series II, seen in these photographs by Geoffrey Horton taken at last years Carmel by the Sea Concours on the Avenue, and the Series I being the pop up half cover over the headlights.
The face lift also saw the end of the 435 hp Super 7 Litri / 427 cui model which was replaced by the new CAN Am model powered by the 395 hp 7.4 litre / 454 cui Chevrolet big block.
Despite the increased aerodynamic efficiency the increased weight of the less powerful, yet larger, motor meant that the CAN Am’s top speed was ‘only’ 168 mph as against the 186 mph claimed for the Series 1 Super 7 Litri.
I believe today’s featured 1971 CAN Am is one of just 24 ISO Rivolta Iso Grifo CAN Am’s built between 1970 and 1972. Their beauty and connection with Bizzarini, designer of the fabled Ferrari 250 GTO, means that these cars are not going to leave a new owner with much by way of change from $400,000 dollars, indeed last year a partially restored example of a CAN Am was offered on e-bay for an eye watering buy it now price of $322,000 ! It is not known at the time of writing if the item sold.
My thanks to Geoffrey Horton for sharing today’s photographs.
Thanks for joining me on this “Series 2 Pagoda” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me again tomorrow when I’ll be looking at a 1953 Standard Pickup. Don’t forget to come back now !