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Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Iso Rivolta GT
The Quail, A Motor Sport Gathering Will be the Setting for this Special Event
Monte Sereno, California, April 13, 2012 – The Iso & Bizzarrini Owner’s Club will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Iso Rivolta GT on August 17, 2012. The celebration takes place at one of the most prestigious automotive events in the world, The Quail, A Motor Sport Gathering in Carmel, California. Piero Rivolta, the last CEO of Iso, and the son of the founder, Renzo Rivolta, will be the club’s guest of honor.
More than twenty of these magnificent Iso cars are expected to be on the field including examples of the Iso Rivolta GT, the Iso Grifo, the Iso Fidia, the Iso Lele and the Bizzarrini GT 5300, which was originally developed by Iso under the technical leadership of Giotto Bizzarrini. This may be the largest gathering of these classic automobiles ever in North America.
Piero Rivolta said, “It gives me great pleasure to see the many classic car enthusiasts around the world who love and cherish these Iso cars that we made so many years ago. I know that my father would be honored and proud to see this."
The Iso Rivolta GT was created by three of the great automotive people of the 20th century. Giorgetto Giugiaro styled the car when he was with Bertone, and Giotto Bizzarrini was responsible for the chassis design and overall engineering. It is powered by a Chevrolet Corvette V8 engine. Renzo Rivolta, however, set the design goals for the car. It had to be a sports car that could transport four people in comfort. These Iso cars have become highly sought after collector cars around the world.
About Iso S.p.A.
Iso began manufacturing scooters and motorcycles after WWII. Iso moved on to small trucks, the Isetta mini-car (made famous by BMW who licensed the design from Iso) and eventually Grand Touring (GT) cars, which featured Italian styling and American engines of which the Iso Rivolta GT was the first followed by the Iso Grifo.
Renzo Rivolta died at the age of 58 in 1966 and his 25 year old son, Piero Rivolta, took over the Iso company – the youngest major car company CEO in history.
Unfortunately, Iso went out of business in 1974. However, the company’s cars live on today in the hearts and minds of car lovers who collect, drive, restore, race and show these great cars at events all over the world.
The club was founded in December 1980 under the leadership of Winston Goodfellow, a well known car historian, enthusiast and former Pebble Beach judge. Don Meluzio is the president of the club today and can be reached at DMeluzio@aol.com.