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Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale August 17th – 19th, 2017 at Russo and Steele’s 17th Annual Monterey, California Auction. Please contact us for more information.
1971 ISO Rivolta Lele Bertone 5-Speed Coupe. Finished in Bianco Polo over Bordeaux leather interior, this Lele Coupe is an early 327 350hp 5-Speed manual with chassis number 0087. Lele 0087 is an Italian delivered car (still retains all of its original KM gauges) and was imported into California in October of 1985 where it has lived ever since.
Documented all the way back to the time it was imported into the US under its ISO club member ownership, this Lele Coupe has lived well maintained life and has covered a mere 68,600 miles (110,450km) from new. Wearing a very nice older restoration, this Lele has a very handsome presentable paint in original color combination and wears its original leather interior that shows incredibly well with an excellent patina. The body is very nice and straight with no rust to be found on the body or on the undercarriage.
The undercarriage appears to be original with no signs of any prior accidents or damage. The 327, 350hp Chevrolet engine starts right up and does not smoke under start up or acceleration. It runs smooth and has excellent power. The gearbox is nice and precise free from any grinding in the synchro’s and the clutch has an excellent solid feel free from any slipping. The brakes are nice and solid and free from any fade or grinding. The car has new shocks on all four corners and has a nice firm but comfortable and smooth ride.
The steering feels solid with no play or sloppiness in the wheel. Brand new period Michelin XWX tires have just been put on the car and the original wheels have been re-powder coated. All of the electronics in the car are operating as designed including all of the exterior lights and interior lights, dash lights, original Becker radio and power antenna, headlights and headlight doors, turn signals brake lights. Accompanied with the sale of this beautiful Lele Coupe are the original ISO keys, the original owners handbook and dealer brochure, original spare tire, jack and knock off tool and a very large file of documentation dating back to when the car arrived in the US in 1985. All of the documents from the ownership of the ISO club member and all of the work that has been performed to the car over the years will come with car. This is an incredible opportunity to acquire a very rare Italian exotic from a small Boutique Italian automaker that is so rarely seen in today’s market.
The Lele was ISO’s final new model produced by the manufacture and with a production total of just 285 and of those 285 only 125 ever left the Bresso Milano factory.