Twelve years after Frank Reisner founded Construzione Automobili Intermeccanica in Turin, Italy, the former chemical engineer would unveil, at the Geneva Automobile Show, his latest contribution to sports car scene. It was the Intermeccanica Indra, a GT coupe or convertible designed by the famous Franco Scaglione. Following on the well-known Italia, the Intermeccanica Indra carried on the companys established business practice of fusing European body designs and aesthetics with gutsy American-made engines. Though never a major marketplace presence, Intermeccanica certainly made a dent in the automotive community with the its unique cars born of multinational collaboration. Reisner had learned a bit about scalability when attempting to sustain a two-part production process with its Apollo series, and had applied those lessons with the subsequent Italia.
With a signature European-American dynamic to his credit and a better sense of how to produce units for a large market, Reisner looked to venture heavily into German markets with the Intermeccanica Indra. Given its clearly Italian design combined with a healthy GM (Chevrolet) V-8 engine, the Indra would be well received in Germany, where the Italia had already been introduced a few years earlier. Unfortunately, a couple of unforeseeable manufacturing setbacks stunted the Indras production output and kept Reisner from successfully opening the GT up to American markets, despite there having been a several orders for the car at the 1973 New York Automobile Show. Circumstances beyond the companys control resulted in, yet again, Intermeccanica producing only small quantities of a sports car to which it had pinned high hopes.
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