If ever there was a classic car with a more complex backstory than the 1970 Intermeccanica Italia, it would have needed to have been manufactured somewhere in the Earths orbit before making its way to solid ground. Shortly after Frank Reisner founded Construzione Automobili Intermeccanica in 1959, the Italian-based trained chemical engineer forged a partnership with American engineer Milt Brown to create what would become the Apollo GT. A few years later, this project was abandoned due to overwhelming costs and its complex construction process. Enter Frank Griffith, whose Griffith GT would serve as the basis for Reisners next project. The 1970 Intermeccanica Italia was built entirely in Italy and then sold to American buyers, who approved of the sports cars European aesthetic.
What rendered the 1970 Intermeccanica Italia a European-American concept was twofold. For one, the car was manufactured on Italian soil but based on a chassis by John Crosthwaite, formerly of British Racing Motors. But touches of Jack Griffiths GT aesthetics were still evident in the appearance, and the car was powered by a Ford-made V-8, just as the Apollo had used a Buick powertrain. In other words, the Italia was as international an undertaking as any sports car buyer could hope to own, then or now. And owning one now might come with some difficulty, as Italia production averaged around 100 to 120 per year during its short lifespan. Savvy, trustworthy classic car dealers, such as the Beverly Hills Car Club, are worth contacting in such cases.
Looking to purchase a classic Intermeccanica?
The Beverly Hills Car Club specializes in matching classic sports cars with classic sports car enthusiasts. A great deal goes into the finding, vetting, and transporting of rare vehicles, and even experienced collectors are prone to finding themselves overmatched by the work involved. Fortunately, the Beverly Hills Car Club is keen to work with clients of all experience levels, budgets, and tastes in finding a perfectly aligned slice of vintage vehicle history. Tour the website today or call the dealership directly for some friendly conversation with a kindred car aficionado.
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