Intermeccanica Itlia Spyder style similar to Nembo Spider sold by RM Datyona era

Sale price: $149000,00 make an offer

Technical specifications

Manufacturer:Ferrari
Model:Other
Year:1971
Type:Convertible
Color:Red
Mileage:25,000
Transmission:Manual
Interior Color:Tan
Engine:V8
Trim:Convertible
Number of Cylinders:8
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For sale is an extremely rare Intermeccanica Spyder, one of just 354 ever made during a six year period from the late 1960s to the early 70s, making this a Ferrari Daytona era car. Yet its styling is more closely related to the Ferrari Nembo Spyder designed by Tome Meade, a car many consider one of the most handsome of Ferraris and a car worth millions of dollars.
This car was last sold publicly at auction by RM way back in 2007 and we all know how the collector car market has changed since then. (Back then I sold my Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 for what a new well equipped Prius sells for!)
This car is NOT for sale for long. There is only one reason I am selling it and that is to buy another extremely rare car. However, if that car sells before I sell this car then my rare red/tan Italia Spyder will no longer be for sale.
This is a particularly rare, red over tan with a tan roof car and it features a full tan interior as well as the rare AC option. In addition, it features elements unique to this car which I've been told were specially ordered by a customer, including unique door handles and a period trendy front lower valence. Apparently these cars, like the Miura, became light at high speeds and so this valence was installed to keep the car better planted to the motorway.
I purchased the car a number of years ago and it has been covered and stored in a garage. It is an original car, not one that someone else has restored. You don't have to wonder if this car was a rust-bucket or wrecked before a restoration. You could drive it as it is or restore it, depending on whether you want a more original look or a the new concours look.
I will paste the RM Description below, but for those who are unfamiliar with this car, the great thing about it is it provides true sexy Italian metal bodywork, designed and built by artisans in Turin Italy, with rugged and reliable classic American V8 power, a Ford 351 Cleveland V8. So unlike an old Ferrari, Lamborghini or Maserati, you can run down to your local Pep Boys and buy a water pump or tune up kit or have Jiffy Lube change your oil.
RM just sold a rather unexciting navy blue Italia Spyder for nearly $200,000. That car had terribly wrong aftermarket / modern gauges and other issues. My car is "resale red" with a full tan interior, the most desirable color combination and its original instruments. It also had significant maintenance work by the prior owner with barely 5 miles on the car since I've owned it. With a Ford drivetrain and two seat interior, you could drive this car as it is or restore fully and still have a car that was less than the navy blue Italia and it would be new to you.
My original plan was to start driving the car this summer and restore it over the 2015/2016 winter, which is exactly what I will do if I am unable to acquire this other car, which is presently located in Europe. Time is of the essence, as they say.
FROM RM AUCTIONS LISTING:
Specifications: c. 300 hp, 351 cu. in.Ford Cleveland V8, four-speed manual transmission, live rear axle,front and rear disc brakes with booster. Wheelbase: 94.5"

In 1959 chemical engineer Frank Reisner combined his fascination withautomobiles and professional talents to establish Carrozzeria AutomobileIntermeccanica. Born in Hungary in 1932 and raised in Canada, he racedsports cars and "specials" in the late fifties before moving to Italy.Here he designed a racing chassis for Giannini Automobile, Spa, Rome,but soon relocated to Turin to build speed equipment.

Over the next few years Reisner built numerous cars including the ApolloGT, which was based on Buick mechanicals, for International Motor Carsof San Francisco. These stylish Italian-bodied sports cars helped firmlyestablish Carrozzeria Intermeccanica as an automobile manufacturer,despite the fact 1963-65 production was limited to about one hundredunits.

Other Intermeccanica models followed --from one-off prototypes to theCorvair-powered Phoenix constructed for John Fitch. After a few sourarrangements Reisner was left with 142 completed chassis in Turin. Hewent to Ford and secured a steady supply of 289 cubic inch V8 engines(later Cleveland and Windsor 351 cubic inch V8s), and drivetrains forshipment back to his factory in Italy.

He arranged for a new distributor to sell his first true production car,the Torino, but in 1967 the similarly styled 5-liter, later the5.7-litre Italia was unveiled. The Corvette-like Italia inFerrari-inspired clothing sold well in America. Sports Car Graphic saidin 1970, “…it has the potential to be the Ford Motor Company’s versionof the ’Vette. And it’s a lot more exciting.” The 0-60mph time was 6.2seconds.

This Italia is fitted with the rarely seen factory air conditioning andpowered by the preferred Ford 351 cubic inch Cleveland V8 mated with afour-speed manual transmission. The engine is fitted with custom valvecovers, a new Edelbrock 650cfm 4V carb and Edelbrock Performer intakemanifold.Its recent freshening also included addition of a newelectronic ignition, rebuilt front end, rebuilt front and rear discbrakes, new wiring harness, stainless steel exhaust system as well as anew fuel pump, The fuel system and lines, hoses and belts and much morehave been inspected, repaired or replaced where necessary.

Riding on new tires mounted on vintage Magnum 500 wheels, this Italia infresh Milano Russo paint mates the best of Italian design and AmericanMuscle. The fresh paintwork is in excellent condition as is its tanleather interior with black piping and tan cloth convertible top.

The dash and controls are all business, exemplifying the Italia’ssupercar nature, while the leather seats, tan carpets and power windowsare concessions to the Gran Turismo side of the Italia.

Approximately 376 Italia coupes and convertibles were built, which, incomparison to some far more expensive Ferrari models, is very few innumber, making an Italia a truly rare American-powered, internationalsupercar.

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