My Car Quest

December 1, 2022

Missing: 1969 Intermeccanica Italia IMX

Where is it now?

by Wallace Wyss –

I don’t know where it is. I don’t even know if it’s worth finding. But it is a one off show car Intermeccanica made for the 1969 Turin show.

Intermeccanica Italia IMX

I think it was an update of the Italia. A coupe version. Maybe, since I don’t know if it survived, I’ll just add a design critique.

FRONT Four headlights. Horrible idea. All the spoilers further degrade it. NACA ducts in hood are good but about 20% too big.

Intermeccanica Italia IMX

SIDE Attempt at vents slightly more successful, than stock Italia vent. Rear seems too long.

Intermeccanica Italia IMX

REAR No comment, can’t find a picture of the rear view (except a side view with the hatch open).

Speaking of pictures the female model draped all over the car is demeaning. Good thing the car was fiberglass.

Intermeccanica Italia IMX

Like to know where the car is now. If it was finished to show condition? When and if Intermeccanicas get recognized at Pebble Beach with its own class this car should be there. But not that leggy model…she might try and climb onboard again…and she’d be pushin’ 70…so I don’t want to see that.

Intermeccanica Italia IMX

Let us know what you think in the Comments.

Wallace Wyss

THE AUTHOR/ARTIST: As a barn finder Wyss found and bought three Bizzarrinis. His mistake was, he didn’t keep them…Inquiries about art availability can be directed to malibucarartt@gmail.com
 

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Missing: 1969 Intermeccanica Italia IMX
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Let us know if you have seen this show car, a 1969 Intermeccanica Italia IMX.
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  1. John F Barron says

    To the best of my knowledge, the IMX was destroyed in a rail accident while being shipped somewhere in Europe. One of the reasons for it’s creation was upcoming headlight laws in certain countries. The car was a ‘standard’ steel Italia shell, modified at the factory, not fiberglass

  2. Wes Stewart says

    Those wheels belong on a ’57 Chevy.

  3. The spoilers enhance it and are functional. The model may have held up better than certain automotive journalists we all know.

  4. SKIP HINOJOS says

    WHAT WERE THE TAIL LIGHT S FROM ??

  5. Not my mix of mods, but I do like that there was an attempt at a slippery fastback. I’d prefer that option rather than just the factory notchback. Somewhere, years ago, I do recall seeing an Intermeccanica factory sketch for a more Pete Brock Daytona looking roofline. Were I ever to restomod a hard top Italia in poor condition, I’d be very tempted to dig that up and build it!

  6. Wallace Wyss says

    The Indra fastback looks too abrupt. Makes me think it’s smaller than the Italia. Or maybe there were two kinds of Indras with different fastback roof styles.

    • This Indra was the New York show car and the interior is as nice as any top of the line Ferrari . The IMX was totaled in a transportation accident in Europe. Never been seen since. There are numerous one – off Intermeccanica’s that were built and have gone missing. Here is a mid engined mule that is MIA I have no idea what this was called.

  7. Dan Eastwood says

    Many years ago, I heard that the green 1969 IMX was a special project of Franco Scaglione’s that was being transported on an open trailer that was in an accident, went off the road, rolled over and the IMX was destroyed. I’m not 100% certain but my source was probably Paula Reisner. Someone should ask her.

    The ‘MIA mid-engined mule’ that Mike posted the photo of above has a windshield/vent wing that looks Fiat 124-ish, which together with the size of the seats indicates the car may be smaller than it looks. The roofline looks purely functional while the rear deck looks Ferrari P-2 like. I’ve never seen a photo of this car before and would love to know more about it so if you have any information, please post it. What engine? Who designed it and for what purpose? Was it really an Intermeccanica project?

    I too initially thought the Torq-Thrust-D wheels looked too Americanized for a mid-60’s Italian shape, though no more so than the steel Magnum 500’s that came stock on the Italia. Now I consider that if a designer of Scaglione’s talent chose the Torq-Thrust D wheels for his special car, then that says a lot in their favor and ‘acceptability on an Italian shape. They are great looking wheels on their own and there can be little argument that a 5-spoked wheel just looks better that ANY other number of spokes on a powerful car.

    I generally like the 6-hole Cromodora alloy ‘Dino’ wheels that were optional for Italias, but their 6-spoke pattern leaves me wanting a more brutal, aggressive, powerful looking wheel. Given the era of the Italia’s styling, 72-spoke wire wheels with three-eared knockoffs are certainly appropriate, but I’ve been told they require more maintenance as the wires tend to loosen over time and use.

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