Sexy Italian styling combined with the performance and reliability of an American V8 engine—in a car named after a refrigerator.

Such is the story of the Iso Grifo, built from 1963 to 1974.

The Iso name came from the Isotherm refrigerators that Renzo Rivolta started building prior to World War II, after which he turned his attention to the automotive industry.

The Iso Rivolta, a Bertone-styled four-seat coupé, appeared in 1962 at the Turin Motor Show.

The sportier two-seat Grifo arrived the following year and went on sale in 1965.

Rivolta relied upon American engines to give his cars both exceptional performance and reliability, and the example here from 1966, to be offered at RM Auctions’ Battersea Evolution sale in London on October 31, remains a fully road-legal car that doubles as an ideal track machine.

Expected to fetch up to about $260,000, it’s both rare and formidable—one fast, badass fridge…