Iso Grifo: the best supercar you’ve probably never heard of

Iso Grifo: the best supercar you've probably never heard of

The 1960s Iso Grifo was a glorious marriage of svelte Italian styling and American V8 muscle. The prototype Grifo was revealed at the Turin show in 1963 to overwhelming approval.

The first production cars had Chevrolet Corvette 5.4-litre engines until a 7.0-litre option was introduced in 1968.

With some detailing modifications, such as a “pagoda” air scoop on the bonnet (necessary to accommodate the taller engine) and a black band across the rear roof pillar, 322 Series I Grifos were built before the design received a facelift in 1972, with a further 78 Series II cars built.

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In all, 90 Grifos were specified in 7.0-litre form, with only four in right-hand drive.

The Grifo pictured is the one displayed by Iso at the 1968 Earls Court motor show. It has been owned by the vendor for 28 years and is being auctioned by Historics at the Brooklands Museum on June 6, estimated at £240,000-£280,000.

High-profile awards for the car include a First in Class trophy in the “Best of Both Worlds” category in the Cartier Style et Luxe concours d’élégance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2004.

To view the video from The Telegraph, click here.

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The World’s Smallest Supercar

The World's Smallest Supercar

The Abarth 695 Biposto recently made its UK dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Reporter Paul Hudson of The Telegraph tells us everything we need to know…

You don’t need 1,000bhp and only two seats to create a supercar, as the Abarth 695 Biposto proved on the hillclimb at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The pocket supercar, a heavily modified version of the Fiat 500 city car, musters ‘only’ 190bhp but the important figure here is its weight of 997kg.

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This means it can accelerate from 0-62mph in less than 6sec. It is intended to demonstrate what the company can do when given a free hand and, unlike many supercars, it’s not a limited edition.

Abarth will keep hand-building these little monsters at its workshop in Turin as long as there is demand.

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The ferocity of its acceleration away from the line is startling. Although it’s putting all its power through the front wheels and standard tyres, there’s very little torque steer and the steering feels uncorrupted as the first double right-hander is dispatched with alacrity.

It’s a great weapon for the Goodwood hill in that it’s not as wide as traditional supercars, so can be placed in the corners more accurately. The light weight is also an aid to agility.

Read More: The Telegraph

The Ultimate Luxury Supercar

The Ultimate Luxury Supercar

If you’re in the market for a £200k supercar, then it’s hard to think of anything that delivers better value than the McLaren 650S, says Steve Sutcliffe in Autocar.

There’s never been a facelift quite like this McLaren 650S, says Nick. The car is almost £20,000 more than the 12 C model it updates, and you can still buy the old one. But does the car justify the price hike?

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It’s pitched as “the world’s ultimate luxury sports car”, a car “as happy rat-running through potholed side streets at the end of a working day as it is nailing Cadwell Park’s notorious Gooseneck corkscrew corner”.

And the car lives up to its billing. The V8 engine delivers “the wallop of Thor’s own hammer right up to the 8,000rpm redline”, and “if the engine is close on perfect, then the ride and handling is more than a match”. The car, in short, is amazing – going effortlessly from “giving-mum-a-lift compliance to track-attack turn-in precision and control”.

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Source: The Telegraph

How to Spot a Worthwhile Classic Car

Classic Car

Classic cars are ever popular, but just how do you decide which one is for you and whether it is worth the investment? In an article for The Telegraph, Ross Bowdler has suggested other things to look for when buying a classic car. Without further ado..

Rarity

How many were made, how many are left and is it widely acknowledged as a desirable model? Crucially, are there comparative examples for sale to indicate current market value?

Provenance and history

Is this documented and undisputed and are there interesting previous owners which might enhance the value of the car outside the classic car market?

Competition history

If appropriate to the car, does it exist and has it been well documented to make it a desirable and eligible entrant for event organisers?

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Condition

Is work required to make the car reach the value of the highest valued examples available, or at least to get it in good, usable condition? If a lot of restoration is required, would the car’s resulting value justify the expense?

Practicality

What can you do with the car? Could you jump in it for a Sunday morning blast without extensive preparation?

In the end, the value of a classic car is based on what someone is prepared to pay for it. Ultimately, buying a classic car is just like buying art… the real key to buy something with which you have a connection. Good luck!

The Top 10 Must Have Car Accessories

From bike carriers and pressure washers to wheel protectors and Bluetooth phone mounts, there are numerous ways to get more from your car. Make the most of your motor by investing in one of the Telegraph‘s top 10 car accessories…

1. Parrot Minikit Smart Universal Bluetooth Car Kit (£55)

Parrot Minikit Smart Universal Bluetooth Car Kit

The Parrot Minikit Smart is an in-car mobile phone holder with built-in Bluetooth connectivity. It affixes to your car’s windscreen with a suction mount and then holds your phone in place with a spring-loaded clamp.

2. AA Roadwatch Pro (£1.99 annually on iPhone)

AA Roadwatch Pro

Of the many on offer, the AA Roadwatch Pro is one of the best. It takes its data from TomTom and works on iPhone and Windows 8 devices (£1.79 for a year’s access on the latter), and will either show jams on a map or, if you enter your location and destination, will highlight any hold-ups on your intended route.

3. Breffo Spiderpodium Original (£14.99)

Breffo Spiderpodium Original

The Breffo Spiderpodium can be bent into all manner of shapes. It’s billed as a smartphone mount/holder. However, it’s big enough to get a grip on most satnav units too, which makes it the perfect in-car companion. To use it, you just hook four of the Spiderpodium’s eight legs around your phone or satnav and use the other four to attach it to the airvent.

4. TomTom GO LIVE 1005 5″ Sat Nav with World Maps – 66 Countries (from £249.99)

TomTom GO LIVE 1005 5" Sat Nav with World Maps (66 Countries)

This satnav from TomTom is ideal if you like a few extra features to dabble with on your way from A to B. The live traffic updates (for Europe, not just the UK) are brilliant and the online functions allow you to search for restaurants and shops using Expedia and Trip Advisor. Best of all is the worldwide map database, which works as well in Cape Town as it does in Camden Town.

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5. Kärcher Chassis Cleaner (from £69.95)

Kärcher Chassis Cleaner

During winter it’s just as important to keep the underside of your car clean and safe from corrosive road salt as the paintwork. And for that job, it’s hard to beat the Kärcher Chassis Cleaner. Just attach it to a Kärcher pressure washer and use it to clean the underside of your car with the supplied shampoo and a high-pressure rinse. The Chassis Cleaner can then also be used to add a layer of treatment that for six weeks will protect your car from corrosion caused by road salt.

6. Halfords Exodus Rear High Mount (£99.99)

Halfords Exodus Rear High Mount

To transport bikes on the back of your car you need a bike carrier that is sturdy but not too heavy, and the Exodus Rear High Mount from Halfords fits the bill. Capable of carrying up to three bikes (with a maximum load of 45kg), it is particularly useful if you regularly ride off road and don’t want to get the interior of your car covered in mud. The Rear High Mount comes fully assembled and leaves your car boot free to fill with other stuff.

7. CD Slot Mount Car Organiser (£10.00)

CD Slot Mount Car Organiser

The CD Slot mount consists of a piece of plastic that slips into a car’s CD slot, and a washable sticky pad upon which you can attach a satnav so that it doesn’t need to be mounted on the screen. It’ll also hold a smart phone, meaning that if you use your phone for satnav you can quickly and easily mount it in the car.

8. AA Road Atlas Britain 2014 (£14.99)

AA Road Atlas Britain 2014

While we can’t resist the latest in-car gadgets, there’s still a lot to be said for a decent, printed map. The AA’s Road Atlas Britain is just that. Spiral bound so it’s easy to keep it open on the desired page, it is A4 in size with a 3 miles to 1in scale and even includes locations of static speed cameras.

9. Halfords 12V Car Vacuum (£28.99)

Halfords 12V Car Vacuum

This little unit from Halfords might be at the cheaper end of the car vacuum market, but it’s a great performer. It runs from your car’s cigarette lighter socket (so no need to run an extension cord from your house) and includes three attachments to get into all those hard-to-reach places.

10. AlloyGators (£60 for five)

AlloyGators

Over recent years there has been a trend of fitting new cars with big alloy wheels and low profile tyres. While this might result in more grip and better residual values, the downsides can be poor ride quality and an increase in tyre noise. Plus, of course, there’s more risk of damaging those big wheels on a kerb. That’s where AlloyGators come in. Made of a super tough nylon, they sit between the alloy wheel and the tyre, and protect the rim should you accidentally hit something. AlloyGator claims you can fit them yourself in one hour, but you might be just as tempted to take advantage of its nationwide fitting network. Worth noting for some, if you want to stand out you can order your AlloyGators in one of nine colours.

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