My Car Quest

October 26, 2021

Apollo GT – Why Wasn’t This Car A Big Success?

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  1. veloce49 says

    I attended a car show in Baltimore several weeks ago and there was a 1965 Apollo Convertible, #9 If you want the pictures let me know how to get them to you. I didn't see a way to post them here.

  2. Mike Gulett says

    I would love those pictures. I have not seen an Apollo convertible, there were only 11 made.

    You can email them to me at:

    Michael.Gulett@gmail.com

    Thank you

  3. veloce49 says

    Coming at ya

  4. Mike Gulett says

    Thank you, I got them. It is interesting that this convertible looks like the same color combination as the coupe in this post.

  5. veloce49 says

    Don't know if those were the original colors. The flyer mentioned that the car had been restored "under the supervision of Milt Brown", the original engineer.

  6. Gabriele Spangenberg says

    Mike, your blog is a treasure grove!

  7. Mike Gulett says

    Gabriele,

    Thank you – I love compliments – please share with your friends who also may like My Car Quest.

  8. Anonymous says

    Hey Mike:

    Thanks for the article on the Apollo GT. But for historical accuracy, you must state that body/chassis units were sold to Fred Ricketts of Vanguard in Dallas, Texas. The agreement (I've got a copy) was to sell Intermeccanica's inventory of body/chassis units to keep them going while Ned Davis found new financing. That eventually ended up being the selling of the company's assets to Robert Stevens, city attorney for San Marina CA.

    He never fulfilled his obligations..

    The car featured on your site is Meg Eves' car, no. 1012. It is the first Buick 300 cu. in. engined car. And is the only car delivered with Halibrand mag wheels. All others had Boranni wires.

    The convertible — pictures of which you just received — is Jack Triplett's car, and was restored by Milt Brown himself in the 1990s.

    If you want more info, I'm happy to put together a more detailed history.

    Best regards,
    Robb Northrup
    President, Apollo Owners Registry

  9. Anonymous says

    Mike, just to follow up on my comment, the agreement between International Motor Cars (Apollo) and Vanguard stipulated that Vanguard's cars could not be called Apollos. In fact, Tom Johnson was finishing the Vanguard run of Vetta Venturas when Robert Stevens was assembling Apollos.

    Strange but true.

    Robb Northrup
    President, Apollo Owners Registry
    (apolloregistry@yahoo.com)

  10. Mike Gulett says

    Robb,

    Thanks for the information. I always am looking to expand my knowledge of these wonderful cars.

    I would like more information, send to me at;

    michael.gulett@gmail.com

  11. Anonymous says

    I think that I may have the all time Apollo Conv. restoration story. About 12 years ago I purchased conv. #13 (with the help of Milt Brown.) Under his guidance my girlfriend and I purchased sight unseen the last car imported and sold at customs auction after Milt declared bankruptcy. The painted and upholstered car complete with P. tires, b. wire wheels, and all chrome was purchased and stored in L,A. from 1965 until my purchase in 1999. We completed the car as Milt told us all the details of the mechanics needed-300 engine (1965 only), avanti disc and chevy pick-up drums (looked more Italian thru the wires and so on. We trailered the car to Meadowbrook, won a AACA National First at Hersery, and enjoyed Amelia Is and the way back to Oregon. I enjoy the restoration process and having the builder of the car as my guide has been the high point of my many restorations over the years. We sold the car to a good home and when on to restore a 1961 Fiat Abarth 1000 GT twin cam factory race car. Cordially, Rob Phillips, 253-861-6066.

  12. Mike Gulett says

    Rob,

    Very interesting, please send me an email at michael.gulett@gmail.com.

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