In the words of Piero, Renzo Rivolta’s son:
“I don’t remember the exact occasion, but at one point in time Nuccio Bertone, my father and I were seated together in the grand reception room of our family villa in Bresso, which faced the park that separated our residence from the factory. Mr. Bertone, the famous automotive designer and builder, was always very attentive to detail and had noticed the images of four large griffons painted on the vaulted ceiling of the room.
My father explained the symbolism of this mythological animal and what it had to do with our family history. The griffon, with the head of an eagle and the body of a winged lion, signifies power and perfection because it combines the two most majestic creatures of the earth and sky. It also stands for protection, fearlessly executed with swift precision.
Perhaps the image of the mighty eagle, also a symbol for America, was a sort of premonition, since in the late 1970s I moved there and became a United States citizen.”
Sometime later, while discussing the new two-seater that the IsoRivolta and Bertone companies had decided to launch together, Nuccio Bertone suggested using the name “Grifo” and showed a sketch of the icon for the car. Everyone agreed with enthusiasm.