Hybrid works: 1965 ISO Rivolta IR 300

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This elegant and stylish coupé was the result of the effort put toghether by Renzo Rivolta and his engineer Giotto Bizzarrini to built a fast coupé. Actually this car was designed not to deal with Ferrari’s but with a smaller concurrent like the Fiat 2300 Coupè.

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However in the end  this was much more powerful and expensive than the top-notch Fiat of that period, so Ferrari became its natural competitor. That was bad as, especially back then, an american engine had sort of “Original Sin” in Italy so few of these cars were produced, some of which went to the U.S. where this car was mechanically much easier to manage.

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This particular car looks like a proper survivor: it’s a sort of time capsule where almost everything looks like when it left the Factory in Bresso, near Milano. It is currently finished in black primer and has a vinyl roof. “Almost” because the dark red button-tufted leather interior, piped in white, looks like a “license” of the craftsman who remade it some years ago. Of course this is a car to be fully restored but the good is that looks solid, very complete and, last but not least, with an engine that could be redone even at the corner of your neighborood. Find it for sale at $59,500 here in St. Louis, MO.

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