The Intermeccanica marque is a brand new one to Uncommon Rides, and even in scouring the obscure autos of the web one doesn’t come throughout the identify typically.
Intermeccanica has dabbled in quite a lot of totally different automotive enterprises since its inception, and the Indra seen right here is one among its extra profitable tasks.
Frank Reisner based Intermeccanica in 1959 in Torino, Italy. The corporate’s first merchandise have been tuning kits, although it will definitely moved on to reasonably profitable open-wheel system race automobiles. The corporate constructed the our bodies for Worldwide Motor Vehicles’ Apollo GT within the early Sixties after which branched out into different prototype automobile designs by the rest of the last decade.
In 1971, Intermeccanica labored with GM/Opel and Erich Bitter (a well-recognized identify) to develop the Indra, a manufacturing automotive Intermeccanica offered as its personal. Indra our bodies have been manufactured from metal and constructed by hand in Italy, after which shipped to the US the place they have been fitted with working gear from Normal Motors. The chassis was bespoke to the Indra, and all examples featured energy steering, four-wheel disc brakes, and a DeDion rear suspension setup.
Nearly all of Indras have been fitted with 327 or 350 cubic inch Chevy V8s, however a choose few for the German market had inline-six Opel engines and have been offered through Opel sellers. Each handbook and automated transmissions have been obtainable as properly. However the venture was very short-lived.
Normal Motors began feeling a bit extra egocentric shortly after the Indra’s introduction. They determined to not provide any additional components to Intermeccanica, and ordered Opel to not promote any extra engines to unbiased producers. That meant the Indra was in manufacturing from 1971 to 1974 earlier than its components provide dried up, and 127 whole examples have been accomplished. Of these, 60 have been spiders, 40 coupes, and 27 have been 2+2 configuration.
The Indra was the final time Intermeccanica would construct and market a automotive beneath its personal model. Erich Bitter used his know-how to market an identical automotive of his personal branding, the Bitter CD linked above. Intermeccanica moved on to constructing duplicate variations of Porsche and VW autos and neo-classical coupes. The model relocated its HQ to Canada in 1985 and nonetheless exists right this moment beneath the steerage of Frank Reisner’s son, Henry. The corporate has been in improvement of EV commuter autos since 2015.
At this time’s Uncommon Trip is a lemony yellow over black and is likely one of the few German market variations with an Opel I6. It offered at public sale in 2018 for $66,800.