Luciano Rupolo is an absolutely fascinating gentleman. He was born in France but spent nearly his entire life in Italy as an auto mechanic running his own shop. His grandfather and father instilled a love of sports cars in him that he carried on by historic racing in Italy for decades. He saw his life-long automotive passion repaid when he found and restored the car that might have been the first Porsche registered for the road.

You can spot in his garage a split-window Corvette, Ferrari 250 GTE and other exotics, but Rupolo's most interesting automotive story concerns his Iso Grifo Competizione (pictured above). The sports coupe was found in the Canary Islands as little more than a shell, but Rupolo got help from a prestigious source for its restoration. The result is a motoring masterpiece.

Rupolo is a fantastic storyteller with a captivating, tale to tell. Settle in, scroll down and watch the bittersweet documentary about his life with one of the first Porsches.


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      pixelnate
      • 9 Months Ago
      Wow. I cannot believe I am the first to leave a comment on this one. The old guy is so cool about his collection and his stories bring those cars to life. He's the kind of guy that car guys want to grow up to be. He's got to be in his late 70s or 80s and he's doing donuts in the street with price vintage Italian metal. So cool. Great video - great subject, great music, good camera work, good editing.
      Arizonarelax
      • 9 Months Ago
      Outstanding piece. Enjoying life and all the challenges the years brought to him. Well done, and Luciano Rupolo live long. Pure class.
      metric91
      • 9 Months Ago
      That's some class right there. This man is truly living it up, well composed, passionate with a colorful collection of macchinas. Just as citidriver started, his vision plus the location are unreal. This gentleman not only owns the internet for today, he owns his life.
      ej40s
      • 9 Months Ago
      That's it... I'm naming my firstborn Luciano.
      MikeInNC
      • 9 Months Ago
      That Iso is spectacular and a great story about the Porsche. What a great video. We need more stories like this and less like anything you see on the news.
      D E S I G N
      • 9 Months Ago
      What a fascinating and gripping story! Excellent.