Intermeccanica Italia Spyder 1969
Chassis no. 59229314
351ci OHV Ford V8 Engine
4 Dual-throat Weber Carburetors
Approx. 300bhp at 6,000rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Front Independent Suspension - Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*Rare Italian-American hybrid sports car with V8 powertrain
*Beautifully restored inside and out by marque specialists
*One of less than 400 examples built
*High-performance Spyder from the golden era of Italian Automobile production
CONSTRUZIONE AUTOMOBILI INTERMECCANICA
Initially in the automotive tuning kit business, Construzione Automobili Intermeccanica was founded in 1959 in Italy's automobile manufacturing capital, Torino. The man behind the company was Frank Reisner, an entrepreneur who would later move the company to Canada. The first cars produced were Formula Junior racers, fitted with Peugeot engines, but Reisner had bigger plans and soon started to import American V8 engines for installation in his road going chassis. These cars were the Apollo GTs that would ultimately pave the way for their successor, the Omega, and then the Italia.
The first Italia's came to the US in 1968. The cars were unlike anything else on the market and quickly gained the attention of discerning American sports car enthusiasts. Expensive for the time, few could hope to own one, and to many car lovers, the Intermeccanica Italia Spyder was an automotive masterpiece. The car's "prancing bull" badging was a gracious nod to Torino's coat of arms. Its styling, which was classic Italian with vintage Ferrari undertones, was striking yet elegant. Its performance was equally impressive, as it could reach 0–60 in 6.2 seconds and had a top speed of 155 mph, which was attained through a powerful and proven Ford V-8 engine. The Italia's steel body was hand-formed, and its chassis was made from tubular steel. With fewer than 400 of these models built during its production run from 1967 to 1973, the Italia has since taken on an appealing mystique as a rare automobile from one of the most exciting eras of Italian car manufacturing. The Intermeccanica Italia Spyder was among the most attractive and potent Italian-American hybrids of the 1960s and 1970s, and its sleek styling and sophisticated chassis made for a great combo.
THE MOTORCAR OFFERED
The splendid example of the rare Intermeccanica Italia Spyder offered here was completed at the Torino-based works in May of 1969. A pristine example indeed, this Italia has been with the current owner since the mid 1990s. The car underwent a comprehensive restoration by the talented craftsmen at Italia West in Los Angeles, California some years ago, and expense was not an issue. The body was stripped, meticulously examined, and refinished in the striking red seen on the car today, while the chrome and bright work was re-plated. The interior was redone with black leather seating and matching carpets, and Borrani chrome wire wheels with knock-off hubs were put on as a finishing touch. The end result is a spectacular Italia Spyder one would be proud to own. More recently the car has been looked after by Andy Greene's Sports and Vintage cars in Savannah, GA. A recent service in the amount of $10,000.00 was completed, complementing the exceptional older restoration.
Only a small number of Intermeccanica Italia Spyders are known to survive. This handsome example presents very well, and would be a great candidate for concours judging, or touring on high-speed rallies such as the Copperstate 1000. The Italia is neatly optioned with a period Becker Mexico radio, and appropriate Ansa exhaust tips. As the prices of true thoroughbred Italian GT cars of the 1960s and 1970s have escalated drastically, Italian-American hybrids such as the Intermeccanica Italia Spyder offer a compelling alternative. The Italia, one of less than 400 examples produced, occupies a special place in history and awaits a new owner who appreciates its combination of Italian style and American V8 performance. The Italia's beauty and performance, combined with its scarcity, makes it a gorgeous and valued prize.
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