Freeform Friday

 

No one should be surprised that I receive emails from Mecum Auctions on a regular basis. Imagine my surprise, though, when this car showed up in my inbox. I was also surprised that I could save the photo to use in the blog.

This car is a 2021 IsoRivolta GT Zagato, of which only nine were made and that will be offered for sale at Mecum’s giant Kissimmee auction next month. Of course, Iso was the “I” car in Cars A To Z and I showed a picture of the reborn car.

Remember that the drivetrain for this car is a C7 Corvette Z06. What do you think of car manufacturers “just” re-skinning another car? I think that description is apt for the Rivolta, even if the interior is also unique to the car.

I know a market exists in restomod Corvettes for customers who want modern safety features like airbags that can’t really be supplied in standard restomods. This type of restomod is basically a C7 (or C6 or whatever) Corvette chassis/drivetrain with a C2 (or C1 or C3 or whatever) body replacing the original one. Of course, because–for example–a C2 body was built for a chassis with a 98-inch wheelbase and a C7 Corvette-for example–has a 107-inch wheelbase, the restomod body has to be stretched to fit and the result is almost never as sharp as an actual early Corvette body.

Anyway, I hope Iso (technically, the company name is now IsoRivolta) keeps making cars. I doubt they can make something as amazing as this, though:

 

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In another case of burying the lede, my wonderful wife and I are still waiting and hoping to exhale. The final, but most important, post-surgery result has still not been reported. We should hear today, but are taking nothing for granted.

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From Louis Armstrong, “There are some people that if they don’t know, you can’t tell them.” This piece from Why Evolution Is True is about the disturbing trend for anti-vaxxers to grasp at straws as alternative “treatments” for the damn virus, in this case Ivermectin. Supposedly, the FDA sent a Tweet that read, “You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y’all. Stop it.” The link in the article took me to another article on the FDA website and not to that tweet.

All I can do is to shake my head and mutter about the scary levels of ignorance and blind adherence to ideology that have permeated the developed world. Oh, this is not just happening in the US.

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On this day in 1986 John DeLorean was acquitted for the second time in two years of major criminal charges. The second trial was on charges that he swindled $8.5 million from backers who bankrolled his failed sports car company in Northern Ireland. Of course, the first trial was related to charges that DeLorean was involved in cocaine trafficking, but his attorneys’ entrapment defense seemed to prove decisive.

Of course, even by the time of the first acquittal, DeLorean Motor Company was bankrupt and the now legendary DMC-12 was no longer being produced. While the car was far from perfect, the body was designed by the acclaimed designer, Giorgetto Giugiaro. He was “only” named the Car Designer of the 20th Century under the auspices of the Global Automotive Elections Foundation. Say what you will about its uninspiring drivetrain, but the DMC-12 did not blend in with the crowd.

 

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I have seen a few in person and they always grab my attention. Ah yes, what might have been…

 

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Cars A To Z: I

Please keep my wonderful wife in your thoughts.

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The “I” company in Cars A To Z made these cars:

 

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Iso, founded by Renzo Rivolta in 1939, morphed from a manufacturer of motor scooters to “bubble cars” (like the Isetta shown in the top photo) to powerful GT cars, like the beautiful Grifo shown in the bottom picture.

While most people associate the Isetta with BMW, the fact is that Iso invented that car, but then licensed the concept to other manufacturers. Iso stopped making the Isetta in 1956. BMW produced the car from 1955 to 1962 selling more than 160,000 units. It is the best-selling single-cylinder car in history.

With the earnings from the Isetta (which means “Little Iso” in Italian), Iso and Renzo Rivolta decided to begin the manufacture of GT cars in the early 1960s. The two-seat Grifo, which was produced from 1965 to 1974, was a companion to the four-seat Rivolta that was introduced in 1963.

The Iso Grifo was a part of both Ultimate Garage 2.0 and 3.0. It was a hybrid in the original sense of that word in an automotive context in that it had European coachwork and in the case of the Iso cars, a European chassis, but an American drivetrain. The original Iso had a Corvette engine and two of the three available transmissions were also from the Corvette.

Unfortunately, events beyond the company’s control–such as the OPEC oil embargo of 1973-74–crippled the company and Iso went bankrupt and shut down all operations in 1974. However, the nameplate returned with a “new” car in 2017, also named Rivolta:

 

 

 

The new Iso Rivolta GTZ is essentially a re-bodied C7 Corvette Z06 and as such, it features the same General Motors 6.2 liter supercharged LT4 V8 engine as the Chevy coupe. In fact, I am 99% certain that the cost of the new Rivolta has to include the cost of a donor C7 Corvette.

This is an extremely low-production vehicle with total output limited to 19 vehicles. It’s good to see the Iso name revived, but it would be more impressive, in my opinion, if it were produced in higher numbers.

 

At the beginning of Cars A To Z I thought I would post about two a week. The feature began two months ago and this is only the ninth in the series. Life intrudes…

 

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