Italian car enthusiast Renzo Rivolta’s domestic appliance factory was busy churning out fridges and radiators when he suddenly decided to branch out into making world-class supercars too. Amazingly, this romantic and ambitious project worked... and he created some brilliant sports cars. Perhaps the most amazing of all was this Ferrari-beating track car that could be used on the road too. Inevitable design eccentricities included a roll-down rear windscreen. There were coupe and targa-top versions of this cool-looking car but only a few of each were built.
Renzo’s Daytonas were clearly built to a high performance design way that was way ahead of its time. The Iso Rivolta car involved a combination of a very innovative sophisticated suspension system, lightweight aluminium body and the raw power of a 6276cc American V8 (taken from the Corvette muscle car). Wheels were alloy, brakes were discs. With 490bhp on tap, the Daytona could reach a serious 145mph/233kph and do the 0-60mph standing start in 6.5 seconds - pretty sizzling stuff for 1965 when most people were chugging around in Beetles, Morris Minors or Renault 4s.
The Daytona made its public debut at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza in 1966. It was greeted with great excitement and, shortly after, one was bought by Italian film producer Carlo Bernasconi – a car that has since been sold for many times its original price to American enthusiasts.