Prettiest Sports Car You've Never Heard of Heads to Auction
Ferrari and Maserati get most of the glory — and rightly so. But they weren't the only Italians building large, svelte, low-slung sports cars in the 1960s. There were actually a handful of companies who went the route of Sydney Allard and Carroll Shelby by utilizing big American V8s. Twelve cylinders and lots of camshafts are great, but for some smaller car makers, the cost of engineering such powerplants was prohibitive, and the appeal of similar performance from the much cheaper motors coming out of Detroit was hard to resist. One company to make the move was Intermeccanica of Torino, which was actually founded by Hungarian-born Canadian Frank Reisner. After making speed parts and a Formula Junior racing car, Reisner introduced the Intermeccanica Italia Spyder, which was the company's most famous and most produced model as well as one of the all-time favorite Italian-American hybrids. Its steel bodywork resembled a leaner Ferrari NART Spyder, and under the long hood was Ford running gear.