The car that was supposed to teach Enzo Ferrari a lesson (video)

Petrolicious brings you the Gran Turismo that's like a Ferrari, but better

3y ago

Film director François Truffaut once said: "Whoever loves a Riva on the water, needs a Rivolta on land." Now, I've never heard of the good man, but I like his style. And after seeing Petrolicous' latest masterpiece, I'm pretty confident you're going to agree with me. This is a stunning looking car drawn by Bertone's Guigiaro, and indeed it already shows some of the design elements we would see in his later Alfa Romeos.

And don't even get me started about the interior. This, in short, is what my only car would look like from the inside if I was forced to part with my entire car collection (I've only got three cars and a Solex with flat tires, but I like referring to them as my car collection).

The Iso Rivolta originates from the stubborn mind of Renzo Rivolta - which is probably the single greatest name in the history of mankind - as a payback exercise, when the equally pig-headed Enzo Ferrari refused to listen to his client. So in theory the Iso Rivolta should have been the better car. He would have pulled it off too, if he'd just taken the time to come up with an Italian engine. Instead, he took to a Corvette V8, which in my perspective is about the only flaw in the magnificent life of Renzo Rivolta (I had to say that name again).

Right, you'd better see for yourself:

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Comments (2)

  • It would have been a "better car" with an Italian engine? The beauty of these and similar Italian cottage industry cars is the ingenuity of finding a suitable engine without the enormous cost of producing a bespoke unit. Sure the Ferrari V12 sounds better, but a GM small block is likely a better engine in virtually every other measure. Shame they didn't use the fuel injected 327 though.

      3 years ago
    • I said it would have been better than a Ferrari :-). It’s still a highly desirable car though, sounding especially fearsome at high revs!

        3 years ago