Four years after Frank Reisner founded the Construzione Automobili Intermeccanica company in Turin, Italy, the 1963 Intermeccanica Apollo GT was released in what was the third production year for that particular sports car. Originally providing tuning kits and dabbling with mixed success in the racing scene, the company soon found itself in partnership with a California-based operation. The joint venture would see exterior production completed in Italy while the powertrain would be added on once the body/chassis had been shipped to the United States. The 1963 Intermeccanica Apollo GT was a continuation of this multifaceted production process and the results were certainly compelling, if not broadly commercial. Only 90 Apollo GTs were produced during its brief manufacturing run, and these ran a pretty penny on account of their costly, international construction.
What rendered the 1963 Intermeccanica Apollo GT such a remarkable and unique ride was its dynamic combination of Italian design aesthetics and American-made engine muscle. Conceptualized and designed in part by Franco Scaglione, along with Ron Plescia, the Apollo GT was every bit the Euro sports ride its appearance suggested. But under the long hood sat an American V-8 that cranked out 145 horsepower from its 3.5-liter, 215 cubic inch dimensions. An upgraded alternative was the 300 cubic inch V-8 that lifted the horsepower to over 200. This particular collaboration between Old World and New did not make a huge splash in the automotive marketplace, but it did make an imprint on the larger sports car scene. Despite its rarity, owning an Intermeccanica Apollo GT is within reach for those modern buyers wise enough to work with the right dealer.
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