1971 Intermeccanica Italia

Construzione Automobili Intermeccanica was founded in 1959 in Torino, Italy by Frank Reisner. Mr. Reisner later moved the company to Canada. Initially, the business centered around automotive tuning kits. The first cars they produced were Formula Junior races powered by Peugeot engines. Later, Reisner imported American V8 engines for installation in his road going chassis. The cars were early cars were dubbed the Apollo GT, later succeeded by the Omega, and then the Italia. The first Italia's came to the United States in 1968.

The Intermeccanica Italia were exclusive and expensive. The 'prancing bull' badging was a nod to Torino's coat of arms. They had classic styling with vintage Ferrari undertones. Performance was exceptional with zero-to-sixty mph taking just 6.2 seconds and had a top speed of 155 mph, courtesy of a Ford V8 engine. The steel body was hand-formed, and its chassis was made from tubular steel.

The Italia was produced from 1967 to 1973 with production reaching 350 units.


by Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2019

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These exotics used a sporting Italian chassis and hand-made body penned by Robert Cumberford. Under the hood is a reliable, high-revving, 271 HP ford 289 High-performance V8 mated to a four-speed manual transmission. With a curb weight barely over 2500 LBS, performance is spectacular with immediate power throughout the rev-range and excellent handling from a buttoned-downed chassis.....
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The Carrozzeria Automobile Intermeccanica was formed in 1959 by Hungarian Frank Reisner. Reisner had been born in Hungary, raised in Canada, and later moved to Italy. He was a man of many talents including chemical engineer, chassis designer, and even raced sports cars and specials. The 1950s and 1960s was a glorious time for the automotive industry and continued the long and proud tradition....
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1971 Vehicle Profiles

1971 Intermeccanica Italia vehicle information

Spyder

The Carrozzeria Automobile Intermeccanica was founded in 1959 by Frank Reisner, and specialized in combining stylish hand-built European bodies with American reliability and horsepower. The Italia was produced from 1968 until 1972, and would have be....[continue reading]

1971 Intermeccanica Italia vehicle information

Spyder

The Italia is one of about 350 built by Carrozzeria Automobile Intermeccanica between 1968-1972. Variously called Omega, Torzino and Italia, they feature high performance Ford drivetrains, this one a highly tuned 351 Cleveland, in a hand-built steel ....[continue reading]

1971 Intermeccanica Italia vehicle information

Spyder

Chassis Num: 50385414

Fewer than 400 Italia models were built between 1967 and 1973, and 222 of those were convertibles. The Intermeccanica Italia was the realization of Frank and Paula Reisner's dream of building a powerful and attractive sports car. ....[continue reading]

1971 Intermeccanica Italia vehicle information

Spyder

Chassis Num: 59249314

This particular example is fitted with the desirable, yet rarely selected, air conditioning system. It is powered by a Ford 351 cubic-inch Cleveland V8 powerplant mated to a four-speed manual transmission. The engine features custom valve covers, a....[continue reading]

1971 Intermeccanica Italia vehicle information

Spyder

Intermeccanica was founded in 1959 by Frank and Paula Reisner in Turin, Italy. As racing enthusiasts, the duo initially developed tuner kits for Renault, Simca, Peugeot and others. Over the years, several hybrid vehicles built using Italian coachwork....[continue reading]

1971 Intermeccanica Italia vehicle information

Spyder

Chassis Num: 50367414

This Intermeccanica Italia Spyder was completed at the Torino-based works near the end of the limited unit production run. Several years ago it was given a comprehensive restoration that included both the mechanical and cosmetic aspects. The car was ....[continue reading]

Spyder
 
Spyder
 
Spyder
Chassis #: 50385414 
Spyder
Chassis #: 59249314 
Spyder
 
Spyder
Chassis #: 50367414 




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Model Year Production

#1#2#3Intermeccanica
1976Chevrolet (2,103,862)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,861,537)
1975Chevrolet (1,755,773)Toyota (1,714,836)Ford (1,569,608)
1974Chevrolet (2,333,839)Ford (2,179,791)Renault (1,355,799)
1973Chevrolet (2,579,509)Ford (2,349,815)Fiat (1,390,251)
1972Chevrolet (2,420,564)Ford (2,246,563)Fiat (1,368,216)
1971Ford (2,054,351)Chevrolet (1,830,319)Volkswagen (1,128,784)
1970Ford (2,096,184)Chevrolet (1,451,305)Volkswagen (1,193,853)
1969Chevrolet (2,092,947)Ford (1,826,777)Volkswagen (1,241,580)
1968Chevrolet (2,139,290)Ford (1,753,334)Volkswagen (1,191,854)
1967Chevrolet (2,206,639)Ford (1,730,224)Toyota (1,068,321)
1966Ford (2,212,415)Chevrolet (2,206,639)Volkswagen (1,168,146)

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