The Iso Lele (or Iso Rivolta Lele) is a grand tourer that was produced by the Italian automobile manufacturer Iso Automoveicoli S.p.A. between 1969 and 1974. The Lele, being a 2+2-seater, filled the gap between the Grifo and the Fidia while sharing its powertrain with its siblings. The styling was done by Marcello Gandini of Bertone. The car is named after Lele Rivolta, wife of Piero Rivolta (son of Iso company founder Renzo).
Meant as a Christmas present for Piere Rivolta's wife Rachelle (LeLe) Rivolta, it was decided to put the car into production to succeed the IR 300. It was first presented to the public at the 1969 New York International Auto Show and was made to compete against the Lamborghini Espada. The car was initially powered by Chevrolet V8 as this car is. In 1972, after about 125 cars had been produced, General Motors demanded that Iso pay in advance for the engines. Iso chose to replace the Chevrolet engine with Ford's Cleveland V8. The chassis was the same Bizzarrini designed unit which had found use in Iso automobiles since the IR 300.
The interior was upholstered in leather and came with creature comforts like air conditioning and electric windows along with plush carpeting. The speedometer and tachometer were placed behind the steering column while an additional four gauges were present on the centre console which consisted of an ammeter, fuel gauge and water and oil temperature gauges. The car came with a hidden headlamp styling with popup covers partially covering the quad headlamp units when not in use.
The angular Gandini styled body and the comfortable nature of the car did little to help sales and only 285 cars were made. About 160 Ford-engined Leles had been built by the time production wound up in 1974 due to Iso's bankruptcy. 125 were the Chevrolet-engined cars, 112 with the 300 HP engine as this example.
|Engine||5.733 ccm, 304 PS, V8|
|Steering||Left Hand Drive|
|Layout||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Color - exterior||Red|
|Color - interior||Cream|
|Miles/Kilometers shown||8.239 kms|
|Chassis / VIN||500101|
|Location - Country||Czechia|
|Location - City||Prague|
3-door coupe body type; RWD (rear-wheel drive), manual 5-speed gearbox; gasoline (petrol) engine with displacement: 5733 cm3, advertised power: 223.5 kW / 300 hp / 304 PS (SAE gross), torque: 515 Nm; characteristic dimensions: outside length: 4650 mm, width: 1750 mm, wheelbase: 2700 mm; reference weights: base curb weight: 1380 kg; top speed: 236 km/h (147 mph); accelerations: 0-60 mph 5.7 s; 0-100 km/h 6 s
Hradec Kralove, Czechia