The post-World War II economic boom marked the advent of the modern GT. Back then, commuter flights and high speed rail travel were non-existent, so Gran Turismos catered to the industrialist or executive who needed to comfortably and rapidly travel for business or vacation.
Iso patriarch Renzo Rivolta was the prototypical Gran Turismo client. He owned several over the years, including models by Jaguar and Maserati. The cars’ road limitations and unreliability often left him frustrated; he was certain that others experienced similar disappointment.
Seeing an opportunity for improvement, the company entered the GT industry in the early 1960s. Rivolta’s design and development team created a sophisticated platform chassis more advanced than anything else being used at the time. The result was a fast car that offered a relaxing, forgiving drive and excellent road handling. The era’s fallibility issues were overcome by fitting the vehicles with powerful and reliable Chevrolet Corvette engines—thereby achieving comfortable,
Italian style with an all-American heart.