At the auction will sell an Italian sports car, which belonged to the racer of Formula 1

At the auction will sell an Italian sports car, which belonged to the racer of Formula 1

May 15, 2018 0 By autotimesnews

Silverstone Auctions auction house to sell sports car Iso Grifo, owned nine time world champion motorcycle racing and Formula 1 driver Mike Halewood.

By itself, the Iso Grifo – car rare, valuable and expensive: from 1965 to 1974 in the factory town of Bresso near Milan has collected a total of 400 sports cars two series. Machines in the usual condition are sold for about 150 000 pounds sterling.

But for this sports car is calculated to gain from 220 to 260 thousand pounds, because in the past it belonged to the famous British racer Mike Halewood. In addition, it is one of twenty-six cars with a right-hand drive.

The attached documents show that the car was built in December 1966, and belongs to the so-called “first series”. As with all cars of the first series, a powerful Chevrolet V8 engine with a capacity of 5.3 liters is installed under the hood. In pair with it the four-speed transmission Borg Warner works. Other variants were equipped with motors up to 7.4 liters.

It is believed that on this machine, with serial number 081 / D, Halewood originally traveled to South Africa, but in 1970 transferred it to the UK. The whole further life of the machine is confirmed by a large number of documents. The organizers of the auction separately emphasize that this car has never been in serious accidents.

The fact is that Halewood in Africa had another Grifo of yellow color (chassis 162 / D), at the wheel of which he once “at considerable speed” collided with cows. The body was badly damaged by a blow, but by 1972 it was able to recover, after which the car was sold. The last time this car surfaced at the auction Coys at the beginning of the two thousandth.

Italian company Iso started in 1939 with refrigerators, but really became famous after the war, launching the Isetta wheelchair, developed by the founder of the company Renzo Rivotta. “Bubble on wheels” with a single-cylinder engine and a single door in the front wall of the body was produced all over the world: licenses were bought in Argentina, Brazil, France, Britain and Germany – where the car was produced at the BMW plant.

In the sixties, Rivolta engaged in sports cars. All his cars were prepared according to a similar recipe: the chassis of the design of Giotto Bizzarini, the sensual design of Giorgetto Giugiaro and the simple but powerful American V8 engine of large volume. In its history, the company has produced only four models of sports cars: Rivolta, Grifo, Fidia, Lele. Iso Autoveicoli S.p.A closed in 1974 due to the oil crisis.

Mike Halewood began his motor racing performances in 1957 when he was 17 years old. During his career, he nine times became world champion, speaking on motorcycles MV Augusta and Honda. In Formula-1, he followed in the footsteps of his friend and fellow motorcycle racing, John Certis. However, in auto racing he achieved much less success. His best result was the second place in the 1972 Italian Grand Prix: that season he finished in eighth place. Halewood died in 1981 in a normal car accident when his Rover 3500 near the house collided with a truck.