Iso Rivolta Fidia Review

1972 Iso Rivolta Fidia IR10 5.7L V8 from Netherlands

Year of manufacture1972
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 5.7L V8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 kilometres
Most recent distance83000 kilometres
Previous carIso Rivolta Fidia

Summary:

Design masterpiece by Giugiaro

Faults:

Rust (like on all old Italian cars).

Automatic gearbox with only reverse, (only 1400 euros and they had to take out the engine too).

Steering unit is overheating because it sits next to the exhaust.

Switches for electric windows.

General Comments:

A design masterpiece by Giugiaro, 1967.

You must see it "in the flesh" and the color is very important to its shape.

Very fast, even today with its 300/325 or 350hp engines.

Rust is a big problem.

Spare parts can still be bought from the factory.

Easy to repair.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd February, 2005

15th Aug 2005, 06:52

The car was parked in a garage for 5 years without moving it. We fired it up and drove it home, 1200km at 140/160 km/h. Great fun, but we forgot to check oil in auto box, so we had some trouble in the end. Don't forget it's a car from 1972! I wouldn't do the same with a Ferrari or Maserati, not even a Mercedes.

Correction: problem with the steering is not overheating, we're working on it now.

29th Jun 2007, 16:49

Outstanding car, but like any other old car requires care and attention. Attracts attention where ever I go and extremely quick. Will take it to my grave with me.

16th Jul 2007, 14:27

I have had my Fidia for over 20 years and although I have several other "sports cars" it is truly one of my favorites. I had it at Concours Italiano some years ago when Count Rivolta was there, he approached and looked the car over very closely, then kissed me on both cheeks and said "Primo, Primo". I followed by getting him to sign my Owner's Manual - it made for a great day.

12th Jun 2008, 16:41

I currently own a black 1968 ISO Rivolta S4 (v.i.n.#B820015).

I bought it on ebay 4 years ago. It has gray leather interior and it "lived" in Hawaii about 4 years before I bought it.

It has the 327 c.i.d. 300 bhp Chevrolet Corvette engine and 3 speed automatic transmission. The odometer shows about 57,000 km. That could be 157,000 km, but it could also be the lower figure.

I LOVE the car!!! (It's beautiful - it's fast - it's EXTREMELY rare - and it looks VERY expensive).

It has won an award at Atlanta's Italian Car Day all 4 years it has been shown. (3 First Places, 1 Second Place Italian Open Class)

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 1 review