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October 19, 2018

The Intermeccanica Italia – What A Beauty

by Mike – 

Construzione Automobili Intermeccanica is a car manufacturer, founded by Frank Reisner in 1959 in Italy. The company later relocated to Canada.

Intermeccanica started making speed equipment kits for Renault, Simca, Peugeot and other cars. Free-flow exhaust systems were developed for 50 or more European cars in cooperation with an Italian tube company.

Intermeccanica Italia

1968 Intermeccanica Italia

In 1966 Intermeccanica decided to build fully assembled cars. The Italia is a Ford V8 powered sports car styled by Bob Cumberford. John Crosthwaite did the chassis design and Genser Forman of New Jersey was the distributor for the United States.

Intermeccanica Italia

Both a coupe version and a convertible version were made and approximately 500 of these gorgeous Italias were produced between 1967 and 1972.

Frank Reisner died in 2001 and his son, Henry Reisner, then took over management of the company.

Intermeccanica Italia

Intermeccanica Italia

Intermeccanica is one of the few marques profiled in European Style with American Muscle that is still in business today.

This beautiful example of the Italia Spider was at Concorso Italiano in Monterey in 2011.

Intermeccanica Italia

Intermeccanica Italia

Intermeccanica Italia

Intermeccanica was also involved with the Apollo GT, Intermeccanica Omega (Griffith), the Fitch Phoenix, the Intermeccanica Murena (a station wagon), the Intermeccanica Indra and replica Porsche Speedsters.

Intermeccanica Italia

Intermeccanica Italia

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Comments

  1. A very handsome car with all of the Italian styling cues of the era.

  2. Stephen,

    Yes another beautiful Italian with an American motor.

  3. Wallace Wyss says:

    The Intermeccanica book: does it tell how to fix the suspension flaws?

    This is regarding the book entitled Intermeccanica, the Story of the Prancing Bull by Andrew McCredie, as told by Paula Reisner. I just received the book, published by Veloce in England, hard bound, 192 pages, lots of color, goes from early efforts of Frank and Paula Reisner right through to the Speedster replicas. It has a forward by Karl Ludvigsen who I think wouldn’t write a forward unless he respected the company. I skimmed through the Torino/Italia chapter but couldn’t see straight away any discussion of the flaws of the front suspension gradually collapsing under the weight of the engine(s). Frank Reisner himself told me the front end was designed for a smaller lighter weight engine (the Omega had a small block Ford) and couldn’t take the weight of the larger engines they had later. Looking through various websites, I was unable to find a common fix for the weak front suspension that everyone agrees on (though Mustang II front suspension was suggested and I know those are used in many a hot rod) So my question is, does anyone else have this book and , if so, did you find a discussion of the flaws, which I missed? I realize it was written with Mrs. Reisner’s help and maybe she didn’t want to discuss flaws but I think for this brand to get the respect (and appreciation) Iso Grifo now has gained (despite rust problems) , there has to be some airing of what it takes to make the car right.

    Here’s more data on the book , published in 2010. Seems to be about $40-60.

    Hardcover: 192 pages
    Publisher: Veloce Publishing (May 1, 2010)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 1845842499
    ISBN-13: 978-1845842499
    Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
    Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds

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