by Mike –
There were 17 Apollo GTs at Concorso Italiano in August 2013 in Monterey celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo. I think this is the largest gathering of Apollo GTs ever, I guess that close to one third of the surviving Apollos were at this event.
The Apollo project was the dream of Milt Brown and Newt Davis, who wanted to build an American car to compete with Aston Martin and Ferrari. They did not intend to compete on the racetrack but as a street sports GT car.
The Apollo GT was produced and sold by International Motor Cars from 1962 to 1964 in Oakland, California. Altogether 76 coupes, 11 convertibles and the prototype 2+2 were produced for a total of 88 Apollos built between 1961 and 1965.
Engineered by Milt Brown with styling by Ron Plescia the prototype featured Italian handmade aluminum bodywork by Corno Coachworks in Turin, Italy. A 215 cid or a 300 cid Buick engine powered the Apollo. The top speed was claimed to be 150 mph.
The original design had a few problems; the nose was too long and the rear vision limited, so former Bertone stylist Franco Scaglione was hired to revise the design. After the prototype was completed Intermeccanica of Turin, Italy built all Apollos.
Intermeccanica made and prepared the steel bodies in Turin and then sent them to Oakland, California, where the drive train was installed.
The automotive press loved the Apollo GT:
In November 1963 “Road & Track” wrote: “Our experience in the Apollo has been both brief and pleasant. The car is quite comfortable (even for extra tall occupants) and well finished. In general, the Apollo is a very appealing automobile, put together with loving care under the supervision of Brown and Davis in this country, and Frank Reisner, head of Intermeccanica, in Italy. The whole conception is basically sound and the company directors have proven to R&T that they are interested in producing a quality automobile and have the interest of the customer at heart.”
The slide show below shows the styling differences between the prototype and the production Apollo GT.