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1972 Intermeccanica Italia Spyder

Sold For $123,200

Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.

RM | Sotheby's - ARIZONA 17 - 18 JANUARY 2019


Chassis No.
50383414
  • Rare Italian-American sports car
  • One of approximately 500 built
  • Powered by a 351-cu. in. Ford Windsor V-8 engine
Please note that this lot is titled as an Italia.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Intermeccanica was a fascinating player in the Italian–American “hybrid” market, taking the fight to much bigger firms through sheer passion and determination. Despite almost sinking the company with its first model, Intermeccanica persevered and founder Frank Reisner struck out on his own to ultimately produce approximately 500 Italias from 1967 to 1972. Today, collectors recognize the Intermeccanica Italia and its siblings as some of the finest examples of the Italian–American hybrid formula.

This 1972 Intermeccanica Italia Spyder was dispatched from the factory on 5 August 1970. A U.S.-specification example, it was fitted with optional electric windows, head rests, and air conditioning. Finished today in classic red over black, this Italia Spyder is a beautiful example of the marque. Exterior features include the “ITALIA” badging on the nose, rearing bull grille emblem, and classic Cromadora alloy wheels fitted with Intermeccanica-badged center caps. Some subtle revisions have been made to this car, such as quad-round taillights, Plexiglass headlight covers, and shaved fuel filler cap. The paintwork is nice, and while a few minor touchups can be found on close inspection, the car is very presentable overall. Brightwork is also good, showing some minor polish marks in places but is otherwise straight and attractive. The cockpit is similarly well presented with black upholstery and top as originally equipped. The interior features Jaeger instrumentation, an adjustable steering column, and a classic Moto-Lita three-spoke wood-rimmed steering wheel.

Throughout the production of the Italia, Carrozzeria Intermeccanica used a series of different engines depending on what was available at the time. As a later-production example, this car was fitted with Ford’s 351-cu. in. Windsor V-8 engine with a single four-barrel Holley carburetor and mated to a four-speed manual transmission. The engine bay is well detailed with period-appropriate chrome valve covers and air cleaner.

This 1972 Intermeccanica Italia features breathtaking Italian design and benefits from the power and reliability of an American powertrain. One of approximately 500 Italias built between 1967 and 1972, this rare Italian–American sports car would make an excellent addition to any collection of rare and unusual sports cars.

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