Construzione Automobili Intermeccanica was entering its tenth year since having been founded by Frank Reisner in Turin, Italy. Established as a provider of tuning kits, the company soon found itself foraying into various racing circuits and eventually entered the growing sports car scene. Eight years before the release of the 1968 Intermeccanica Italia, Frank Reisner had met and subsequently partnered with American car enthusiast and engineer Milt Brown. The two had conceived of a GT that would be of Italian design but animated by an American powertrain. This became the Apollo GT that was short-lived and did not result in a large marketplace presence. When the Apollo came to an end, Reisner sought to learn from recent history and embarked on a new partnership with Jack Griffith and chassis designer (for BRM at one point) John Crosthwaite. When the 1968 Intermeccanica Italia was released, it was effectively a validation of Reisners new direction.
A hugely limiting factor for the Apollo had been its cumbersome manufacturing schematic. The chassis and body were assembled in Italy and then shipped to California for the addition of a Buick powertrain. A beautiful, distinctive, and powerful machine was the result of this trans-Atlantic undertaking, but unit production was predictably low, as were sales. The 1968 Intermeccanica Italia was built entirely in Italy and then distributed throughout the United States. This consolidated system brought sales and production up to 100 per year, and in some cases still more. Once again, the design benefited from a distinctive exterior and a Ford powertrain (V-8, like the Apollos Buick motor) and the vehicle was highly regarded for its aesthetic appeal and muscular engine.
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