One year after the Apollo GT project came to a halt, the 1966 Intermeccanica Italia was conceived of in partnership between Frank Reisner and Jack Griffith. The latter had been working with John Crosthwaite, a former British Racing Motors chassis designer, on what was known as the Griffith GT. Between those three men, among others, the 1966 Intermeccanica Italia and its successors slowly took shape throughout the mid-1960s. What eventually became the Italia began as the Griffith GT, existed briefly as the Omega, and then took the name Torino, which Ford would then register for its own uses. At last, and after this string of name changes, the 1966 Intermeccanica Italia saw the light of day.
While the Italia differed from its Apollo precursor in a number of design and engineering waysit was powered by a Ford V-8 rather than a Buick V-8, for instancewhat was most significant for Frank Reisner and Intermeccanica as an automobile manufacturer was the streamlined production process now in place. For reasons of necessity, the Apollo GT had been partially manufactured in Italy and partially in the United States. Coupled with a high price tag and low unit numbers, the model did not make for sustainable business. The Intermeccanica 1966, however, was built entirely in Italy before being distributed in America. This allowed for a far larger production operation than what Intermeccanica had previously achieved. Nowadays, the Italia is regarded as a rare classic by those in the sports car community, despite its being produced in higher numbers than the Apollo. This might make necessary collaborating with a skilled dealer in order to track down your own Italia.
Looking to purchase a classic Intermeccanica?
Not all automobile dealerships are equal, certainly not where customer satisfaction is concerned. But customer satisfaction is exactly what you can expect when spending time with the Beverly Hills Car Club. Aside from keeping a large inventory of sought after classic sports cars on the lot, the Beverly Hills Car Club staff is dedicated to the work of keeping their clients and new customers happy. Everything from budget and timeframe to specific year and condition of the car are factored in when the Beverly Hills Car Club is working to pair you with your classic. Visit the website today for a glimpse at whats on the lot. Find what youre looking for? Great. Come on down for a test ride and some easy conversation with a fellow car enthusiast.
Learn More About The Intermeccanica Italia: