Grand Touring at the 2021 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
We were honored to show the Iso Grifo A3/L Prototype in the special Iso class at the 2021 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
After an accelerated 14-month comprehensive restoration, Grifo #001 took home Best in Class and Excellence in Design, making all those late nights and weekends worth it! Our team poured every ounce of innovation and commitment into the restoration of this project.
The Journey to Pebble
Parts were sourced from all over the world and countless hours were devoted to the research and development of this car to achieve this period-perfect spec. Being a prototype, the only reference points were surviving historic photographs and records, making this restoration exceptionally challenging. Nonetheless, the finished product is one that we can confidently say has earned the right to bear its Iso badge.
The incredibly skilled team at Road Scholars was essential to the completion of #001. It's fair to say that without them, we probably wouldn't have made it to Pebble Beach.
Their expert paint team was able to match the original color after we had uncovered remnants of it upon removal of the car's metal halo bar. The unique grey-blue hue is said to have been inspired by the coloring of a shark.
The grand debut of Iso Grifo A3/L Prototype, chassis #420001, was at the 1963 Turin Motor Show where it immediately garnered attention and grabbed headlines. The synergistic blend of style and function was the result of a collaboration between two Italian icons; Bertone legend Giorgetto Giugiaro styled the coachwork, while the chassis design was by no other than Giotto Bizzarrini. Bizzarrini, known for his engineering genius, was responsible for the racing success of the Ferrari 250GTO.
Grifo #001 went through the development typical of a prototype. The original front end was soon redesigned to combat dangerous front-end lift at speed. The final development is represented by what you see here.