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The '60s were a great time for exotic cars. Italian coach builders were busily handcrafting beautiful sheetmetal and plopping whatever throaty drivetrain they could find behind the headlights. For Iso Grifo, that meant marrying lusty European lines with a tried and true Chevrolet small block. In our humble opinion, it's one of the best hybrid creations out there. It would seem the crew from Petrolicious agrees. They recently trained their lenses on the pride and joy of Hirman Bond's collection. A social worker by day, Bond has spent years restoring and selling vintage station wagons and running a detail business on the side.

His efforts eventually landed him his very own Iso Grifo, but unlike most collectors, Bond doesn't have his ultra-rare Italian sealed away in a museum somewhere. No, he drives the car just about every week, thereby subjecting the machine to the slings and arrows of life on public streets. It's always refreshing to see a regular guy bring home his dream car, and it's even more special when the gentleman in question actually puts the machine to good use. Check out the video below for a closer look.



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      rmt_1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Every auto enthusiast has a "moment" where they go from perhaps a mild interest in cars to a true passion for cars and everything related to them. The day my now late father bought me a Matchbox car of the Iso Grifo, around the time I graduated kindergarten, was that moment for me. It was well over a decade before I ever saw a real Iso Grifo in person and to me, it was the most beautiful car I've ever seen; more than a Ferrari Daytona, Lamborghini Miura, or Jaguar E-Type. It's strangely exciting to experience just how certain sights or sounds can bring back a flood of memories that would otherwise be buried in the back of one's mind and I do hope every enthusiast can find something to trigger memories of their own "moment" for themselves.
        JL
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rmt_1
        Thanks for posting your comment. I had a Matchbox car Iso Grifo in the 1960's too (in fact I still have it), and it was also the car that inspired me to be a car enthusiast (although this may not be a good thing!). Glad to see Hiram cherishes his and is prepared to use it.
          rmt_1
          • 2 Years Ago
          @JL
          Thanks for letting me know that I'm not alone in finding the Iso Grifo and Matchbox Cars (Hot Wheels, too) so compelling and life changing in one's childhood. I can only hope every child, future auto enthusiast or not, will find something that will be the trigger for their "moment" and have their lives changed for the better.
      Brandon Perlow
      • 2 Years Ago
      Love this car. One of my favorites. I prefer the S1 without the pop-ups..
      cdwrx
      • 2 Years Ago
      Awesome car. The auto trans is a bit of a disappointment to me, but hey, it's his car.
        IOMTT
        • 2 Years Ago
        @cdwrx
        I was not able to view the video, but I suspect it is a GM powerglide 2 speed which probably came with the engine. I actually owned a 66 Vette equipped with a 327 and a Powerglide. But yes, sucks compared to a Muncie 4 speed!
      SloopJohnB
      • 2 Years Ago
      There's also an MD at Suburban Hospital in MD that drives one every day...at least it's parked in the MD lot...
      • 2 Years Ago
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        karlInSanDiego
        • 2 Years Ago
        I fear Giza saw the headline hybrid and was looking for an e- car.
        360_AD
        • 2 Years Ago
        1) What the hell are you smoking? 2) What the hell are you doing reading a car blog?
          • 2 Years Ago
          @360_AD
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        IOMTT
        • 2 Years Ago
        Hey bud, petrol is here to stay, at least if you want an airforce to defend your sorry self. Where is that electric powered strike fighter? You should just stay over at AB Green and stop trolling here. Just because you made me reply to your inane comment, I am going set the carbs on my cycle a tad richer. Maybe just for you, my next project will be a two stroke (gasp) 750 Kawasaki.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @IOMTT
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          IOMTT
          • 2 Years Ago
          @IOMTT
          WOW. Please put down whatever you are taking. Or get back on your spaceship and return to Uranus.
      IOMTT
      • 2 Years Ago
      I believe most of these used the solid lifter 327 or the L79. Very pretty car with great power and low mechanical upkeep costs. Has anyone ever priced the rebuild on a 3 liter Ferrari V12 from this era?
      to your email L
      • 2 Years Ago
      I prefer the Fidia and Lele.
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