Iso Lele Sport (1973) 1 of Only 20 worldwide£POA

Iso Lele Sport (1973) 1 of Only 20 worldwide£POA

Overview

  • Colour
    Metallic Yellow
  • Interior Trim
    Black sports fabric
  • Mileage
    34,880
  • Body Style
    2Dr Coupe
  • Transmission
    5 Speed ZF Manual
  • Engine Capacity
    5.7 Ford V8
  • Fuel Type
    Petrol

Specification

An ultra rare right-hand drive Uk example of this wonderful Iso Lele sport with only 34,880 miles from new and 3 owners. This is the lightweight and more powerful version of the Lele, the Sport S, put into limited production following the original request by Philip Morris (Marlboro) for their two Iso-Marlboro F1 Team drivers to be provided with “special” and more potent Leles. They
were made only in 1973/4 and total production run was no more than 20, with right hand drive of course being exceptionally rare.
Chassis numbers of all the Leles produced (courtesy of the Iso registry as compiled by Chris Lackner during the days of the Iso Bizzarini Club UK), showing all the Marlboro and Sport versions listed in bold type.  According to this a total of 20 Sports were said to have been produced, 13 are listed as right hand drive (denoted by /D suffix). Our car have chassis numbers ending in 256/D.
Technical specifications for the later Iso model range showing dimensions, weights, etc. and also prices, showing that the Lele Sport was also not only lighter but more expensive than the Grifo. The Iso Lele Sport was also faster than the Grifo too.
Following its five-year restoration of our Lele sport which also included a full precautionary engine rebuild and new clutch.  This is the actual car featured in the March 1974 edition of the Motor Sport magazine for their test evaluation, and carries the registration number TML 373M.
It has been repainted in its original metallic yellow, which is a deeper shade than shown in the magazine due to the limitations of the printing technology of the time.
1973 Iso Lele Sport.  This is the lightweight and more powerful version of the Lele, put into limited production following the original request by Philip Morris (Marlboro) for their two Iso-Marlboro F1 team drivers to be provided with “special” and more potent Leles. They were made only in 1973/4 and the total production run was no more than 20, with right hand drive of course being exceptionally rare.
Additionally, a special lightweight interior was designed exclusively for the Sport version, with a more sporting and “driver-friendly” dashboard and a vinyl/fabric combination for the upholstery, and also featured separate rear seats (vinyl was used instead of the usual leather to save weight!).
Unfortunately, during the last few months before closure of the Iso factory, cars were being put together from whatever parts were left over and several of the standard Leles were fitted with either the Sport dashboard or seats, or even both.  Additionally, the ZF 5-speed manual gearbox which was standard on the Sport also found its way into some standard Leles (as an extremely rare option). This led to a number of “fake” Sports later appearing in the marketplace as it was easy to substitute black fibreglass bumpers for the original stainless steel, and add the distinctive front spoiler to give the outward appearance of being a Sport. Even the engine “looked” the same, and the only real way to tell the difference was to put the car on a weighbridge as the Sport version is around 500 lbs lighter than standard.
This car has been in the same ownership since 1984, and the present mileage is 34,880.  It has only two previous registered keepers.
For further in-depth information please contact a member of our team.
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