Saturday, December 5, 2015

Is So Not Revolting: 1973 Iso Rivolta Lele

The Iso Rivolta Lele (sometimes simply called the Iso Lele) is an oddball 2+2 that split the difference between the sporty Grifo and 4-door Fidia.  Styling was from Marcello Gandini (Lamborghini Countach/Diablo/Espada/Jarama/Miura, Ferrari Dino 308 GT4, Fiat X1/9 Alfa Romeo Montreal, Bugatti EB110) when he worked at Bertone, and uses a DeDion tube rear end with inboard brakes...but the engine is a pushrod V8 that was born in Detroit.  Find this 1973 Iso Rivolta Lele here on eBay bidding for $4,650 reserve-not-met with 6 days to go, located Roseville, CA.

In truth the reserve on this car is likely above $30k when you take a quick peek at Hagerty's market value guide, but this is a one of 285 Leles built, with only 135 of them having this Ford V8 / auto trans combination.  For better or worse, you are getting a bona fide rare Italian stallion for the price of a basket case early 911.

The seller doesn't include an underhood picture, but these things used Ford 351 V8s installed when new (earlier Isos used Chevy V8s, but some issue with payment terms caused a supplier change) that were rated at 325 horsepower.  There was an available 5-speed manual, but this one left the factory with an automatic.

See a better rare Italian car with American V8 bidding for cheap?


  1. Well, now at $23K with 5 days to go so likely will top $30K easily enough.

  2. Uh excuse me Mr Large employee of this smalltown auto parts store, but I need a replacement knob for my Lele. Ow! quit hitting me....

  3. I do like the idea of owning an italian exotic that I can just mob the hell out of. If i blow the engine, a junkyard replacement is just a bronco or country squire away.

  4. It would go well next to the Pantera I don't have.

  5. Dude, nice sled. Pull the original motor, put a crate motor in there, and drive it.

  6. Here is a BMW prototype also by Marcello Gandini. This one had a retractable roof! But you can see the resemblance, particularly in the front end.

  7. I love these did they not come with chevy sb also depending on the year ....


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