What had started as a modest tuning kit provider with occasional forays into the racing scene, would lead years later to the 1964 Intermeccanica Apollo GT, a joint venture of a sports car with Italian roots and American power. Construzione Automobili Intermeccanica was founded in Turin, Italy in 1959 by chemical engineer Frank Reisner. A year later, at the 1960 Monaco Grand Prix, Reisner made the acquaintanceship of American Milt Brown, an engineer who wanted to import the European GT concept to his homeland. It was a fruitful collaboration, and the 1964 Intermeccanica Apollo GT was a continuation of their combined efforts.
With its patently Italian/European aesthetic appeal, the 1964 Intermeccanica Apollo GT certainly aligned cosmetically with Milt Browns vision. The Apollo GTs frame and exterior were constructed in Italy before being shipped to California for the installment of their meaty powertrains. These were provided by Buick and came in one of two variants. Smaller of the two was the 215 cubic inch, 3.5-liter V-8 that produced a respectable 145 horsepower. Larger of the two was the 300 cubic inch, 4.9-liter engine, capable of turning out over 200 horsepower, a good deal of motor muscle for a tightly manufactured GT. Even rarities like the sparsely manufactured Intermeccanica Apollo GT are accessible to buyers on this side of the 21st century, so long as they work with a resourceful (and respected) dealer.
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