Cohort Outtake: Intermeccanica Italia Coupe – Another Green Sports Car But Without the Front Overhang

The green Bradley GT II I showed you the other day showed excessive front overhang. Actually, that car was odd, because it was not a stock Bradley GT II, as the front end was longer and different, and the A pillar was fatter. maybe a Bradley GT II clone?

Well, here’s another green sports car coupe, shot by Ralf K. And its proportions couldn’t be more different. Unfortunately, the coupe version of this Intermeccanica Italia, especially in profile, does not do justice to the basic design, especially the Spyder version.

See what I mean? Sexy.

The Intermeccanica story is a rather convoluted one, like so many cottage-industry sports cars.

Founded in Turin, Italy in 1959 by Frank Reisner, the company initially built some tuning kits and a small Formula Junior racer. In 1962, his company got involved with the Apollo GT, the dream of a young Californian engineer, Milt Brown. It featured the new Buick aluminum 215 V8 engine (later the 300 cast iron version), and was an ambitious attempt to compete with the Italian exotics. Intermeccanica built the bodies in Turin, and then shipped them to Apollo in Oakland, CA. for final assembly.

The Apollo was not a success, and a series of three subsequent owners failed to make it so under a variety of names.

Intermeccanica realized that the only hope lay in building the whole car (new restyled by Robert Cumberford) in Italy, using Ford running gear. Initially it was called Omega, then the Intermeccanica Italia, undoubtedly to play up on its origins. Some 500 of these were sold up until 1970.

Intermeccanica continued to be involved in other small-volume sports car project like the Indra, using Opel components and a Chevy 350. But when Opel got involved with Eric Bitter, and put pressure on its dealers to drop the Indra, that was the end of that.

Intermeccanica moved to the US in the 1970s, and became a kit-car builder, most notably for their Porsche Speedster model. And they’re still at it today.