Intermeccanica Italia Spyder 1972 – SPRZEDANA

Costruzione Automobili Intermeccanica to firma założona w 1959 roku w Turynie przez urodzonego na Węgrzech Franka Reisnera i jego żonę, pochodzącą z Czech Paulę. Intermeccanica swoją działalność zaczynała jako dostawca części dla marek Renault, Peugeot, Simca czy DKW, dodatkowo zajmując się pakietami wzmacniającymi seryjne silniki. Dopiero w 1963 roku Intermeccanica pojawiła się na turyńskim Motor Show z własnym projektem samochodu – modelem Apollo GT, który zapoczątkował linię produkcji luksusowych samochodów klasy GT. Jednak prawdziwy sukces Intermeccanica odniosła dopiero z niesamowitym projektem Italia. Intermeccanica Italia to samochód o włoskiej stylistyce do złudzenia przypominającej Ferrari, wyposażony w amerykańskie serce w postaci V8 od Forda. W sumie zbudowano nieco ponad 500 sztuk coupe i kabrio, a jeden z nich można będzie wylicytować na aukcji w Kalifornii już 8 grudnia. Intermeccanica Italia Spyder pochodzi z 1972 roku, stworzona została w specyfikacji na rynek USA z nadwoziem w kolorze Argento, czarnym winylowym wnętrzem i czarnym dachem. Pod maską znajduje się jednostka Forda, 351 V8, sprzężona z czterobiegową manualną skrzynią. Jedyny właściciel samochodu przez cztery i pół dekady przejechał nim zaledwie 65 tysięcy mil, lecz i tak samochód niedawno poddany został kompleksowej renowacji. Dziś okaz z zaledwie kilkoma testowymi milami na liczniku, wykończony w pięknym granacie z jasnym, skórzanym wnętrzem i jasnym dachem prezentuje się niebywale. Włosko-amerykańska hybryda podczas licytacji 8 grudnia sprzedana została za kwotę 123,2 tysięcy dolarów, czyli prawie 466 tysięcy złotych.

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Lot Number 232

$120,000 – $150,000

1972 Intermeccanica Italia Spyder
Offered without reserve
RM | Sotheby’s – THE PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM AUCTION 2018

Chassis No. 50421414

Late-production example with electric windows, headrests, and A/C
Ford 351 Cleveland V-8 engine and four-speed transmission
Beautifully restored by Italian car specialist Gary Bobileff
Only test miles since restoration
Rare Italian–American hybrid; one of less than 400 produced

Please note that this lot is titled as an Italia.

Construzione Automobili Intermeccanica was founded in 1959 in Italy’s automobile manufacturing capital, Torino. The company’s founder, Frank Reisner, was an entrepreneur who would later move the company to Canada. The first cars produced were Formula Junior racers fitted with Peugeot engines, but Reisner had higher aspirations and soon began importing American V-8 engines for installation in his road-going chassis. These cars were the Apollo GTs that would ultimately pave the way for their successor, the Omega, and then the Italia.

The Italias were first imported to the U.S. in 1968 and were unlike anything else on the market, quickly gaining the attention of American sports car fans. The car’s styling, which appears as classic Italian with 1960s Ferrari influences, is strikingly elegant. Its performance is equally impressive, as it can reach 0–60 in 6.2 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph, which is attained through a powerful and proven Ford V-8 engine. The steel body was hand-formed, and its chassis was made from tubular steel.

The splendid example offered here is a rare U.S.-specification car and was delivered on 11 January 1972 to the U.S. distributer Joe Vos in New York and then sold new to Larry Simon of Shawnee-on-Delaware, Pennsylvania. The car was originally finished in Argento over a black vinyl interior with a matching black top and fitted with a Ford 351 V-8, four-speed transmission, and 3.00:1 rear end. As a late-production example, the car was equipped with the latest Intermeccanica front and rear suspension and was U.S. DOT compliant. The car was also optioned with electric windows, full headrests, and air conditioning.

Mr. Simon drove the car sparingly, accumulating just under 65,000 miles over the last four-and-a-half decades. Recently, Mr. Simon commissioned Italian car specialist Gary Bobileff of Bobileff Motorcars to perform a comprehensive restoration that included a complete mechanical rebuild and stripping the body down to bare metal. Only test miles have been put on the car since the restoration was completed and acquired by the current consignor. Finished in an elegant burgundy color complemented with a sumptuous burgundy leather and tan suede interior, this Italia is simply stunning.

With fewer than 400 of these models built during its production run from 1967 to 1973, the Italia has since taken on an appealing mystique as a rare automobile from one of the most exciting eras of Italian car manufacturing. A powerful and dependable Ford 351 Cleveland V-8 engine, as well as being equipped with highly desirable optional factory air conditioning, make this attractive and potent Italian–American hybrid a pleasure to drive as well as to admire.