Intermeccanica Italia Spyder There's been a lot of guys who go up against Ferrari, trying to build an exotic car that has all of the visual appeal of a Ferrari but an engine that's dirt cheap to fix. One that succeeded briefly was Intermeccanica. Construzione Automobili Intermeccanica was founded in 1959 in Italy’s automobile manufacturing capital, Torino. The company’s founder, a engineer born in Hungry was Frank Reisner, It was a ma and pa operation, he and his wie=fe. He would build different styles of cars changing the name each time. .They started out in Italy with race cars-- Formula Junior racers fitted with Peugeot engines, but then some Americans approached him to make a GT car with Buick aluminum V8s. That was the Apollo. Those were good for their time but had tall narrow wheels and not the low squat stance of a Ferrari so dated fast. Roughly 100 were made That led to the Omega, with an assembly shop on the East Coast, originally those had Plymouth cast iron block pushrod V8s. Those had a notchback roof. Holman & Moody was involved in their completion.It's difficult to nail down who the designer was, Some say the mercurial Scaglione but Robert Cumberford, a one time GM designer says he did it . At any rate they fulfilled the mission of a low cost American engine in an Italian built body although it was steel bodied. The Omega was redesigned into a spyder called the Torino spyder (until Ford objected so they re0named it the Italia) and then marketed as the Italia. The Italias were first imported to the U.S. in 1968. The car magazines didn't get too excited, after all they weren't buying full page ads. It was fast, not Ferrari fast but Corvette fast. RM Auctions who sold one in 2018 said it would go 0–60 in 6.2 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph, with a Ford 351. The steel body was hand-formed, and its chassis made from tubular steel. The original U.S. distributor was Joe Vos in New York. The car was U.S. DOT compliant. so it was not a gray market car. You could order options like electric windows, full headrests, and air conditioning. Price was $11,000? Fewer than 400 were built during its production run, which ran from 1967 to 1973, The dependable Ford 351 Cleveland V-8 engine, the same one that was stock in the DeTomaso Pantera was the most common engine. The main flaws of he car was only average quality build, ill handlng and no sales and service. Pus resale was difficult because there were not factory dealers in the US and the car had no image. DESIGN CRITIQUE FRONT Very sexy and Italian, better than most Ferraris. Bubble headlamps are a bit narrow compared to 275GTB. Running bull badge looks cheap on the leading edge of the hood, and it's 20% too large and finished flat so it looks like a stamping instead of it having rounded surfaces like Ferraris horse,. SIDE rake of windscreen just right Side vent a little plain, maybe chrome surround would have dressed it up more, Mag wheels were aftermarket and made it kook like a kit car unless you has wire wheels REAR Very voluptuous concave rear valance panel topped by ducktail spoiler; spoiled somewhat by use of some other marque's taillights Rear fenders a tad highly peaked, and narrow without the fuller more satisfying effect of say the Ferrari 275 NART spyder. IN SUM: A very aggressive design, that still looks modern today VALUES These are all over the place. RM sold one for $172,000 in 2018 which has to be the top of the game for an Italia, Only 400 were made which numbers wise is the same as the Mangusta but Mangustas have the benefit of a famous designer, Giuguiro so are worth more.