Construzione Automobili Intermeccanica founder Frank Reisner was, by the 1970s, known for his boundaries-pushing approach to sports car design and manufacturing. Beginning with his Apollo GT venture in the early-1960s, Reisner had yearned to create ripples in the European-American automotive waters into which he was wading. The Apollo had featured a sleek Italian design/look and was powered by a gutsy American motor, but it was also manufactured in phases which limited unit production and, by extension, sales. Ironing out the wrinkles with his subsequent Italia GT, Reisner was at last on track to make a name for his niche operation in the larger sports car community. In the spirit of that aim, the next logical step was to release a sport wagon for which nobody was fully (or at all) prepared. What the 1972 Intermeccanica Murena represented was the Construzione Automobili Intermeccanica willingness to take a chance and to redefine the sports car genre on its own terms.
More than anything else, the 1972 Intermeccanica Murena was every bit the wagon its sport wagon heading suggested. At over 200 inches in overall length, the nearly two-ton 1972 Intermeccanica Murena had over 30 square feet of rear-seats down cargo capacity to its credit, with around 14 square feet rear-seats up. Where sportiness is concerned, its admittedly difficult applying angular agility to a yacht-sized automobile, but credit the Murenas designers for having tried. The sport wagon does, after all, have a few signature Italian aesthetics to its credit. Also, like the Apollo and the Italia before it, the Murena was European design with American engineering under the hood. This particular sport wagon (there are so many from which to choose) was muscled along by a hardy Ford V-8 and could reach top-speeds of over 100 miles per hour. That only 11 Murenas were ultimately produced had much to do with their high cost than with their peculiar appearance or great size.
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