“Italias are striking cars that offer handsome styling with hand-formed steel bodies that were made in Turin between 1967 and 1972. Classic & Sports Car, in a 1993 article, stated, “The Italia may be one of the most gorgeously styled cars ever made, but you may never have heard of it. The Italia is one of life’s great mysteries; it’s an especially beautiful car. It also looks curiously familiar…a touch of the Nembo Ferrari, or a NART Spyder, especially the grille. The only identification is the two small badges on the flanks that say Carrozzeria IM and are adorned with rampant bull emblems. What is it? A Lamborghini? Nope. What you are looking at is a genuine Intermeccanica Italia.” This particular Italia was previously owned by a senior analyst with the Sports Car Market publication.  You don’t want to spend $700,000 to $1,000,000 on a Shelby AC Cobra?  (British car with Ford engine), or $18,000,000 on a 250 Ferrari Spider or a $1,000,000 on a Daytona Spider or perhaps $800,000 on a Maserati spider?  Then this might just be the car for you.  A mid-1960s designed sports car, built in Torino Italy, designed by one of the greatest automobile designers of all time–Franco Scaglione. Scaglione designed some of the greatest cars in history, including the most stunning trio of automobiles in a series ever made, the Alfa Romeo B.A.T.s, as well as the Giulietta Sprint and Sprint Speciale and many others Alfas.  Scaglione then worked with Carlo Abarth and Porsche where he designed the Porsche 356 B Abarth Carrera GTL, the acclaimed design forerunner of the 911. Then Scaglione conceived the most desirable of all Lamborghinis, the Lamborghini 350 GTV, the very first Lamborghini.  He also designed the stunning ATS 2500 GT and the 1900 Skyline Sprint for the Japanese Prince company. In 1967, shortly after designing this car, the InterMeccanica  Italia, Scaglione designs the legendary Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale, arguably the prettiest sports-racer ever designed.  With this Italia you are not just buying a car…you are buying a rare piece of Italian art from a true Artisan. This Italia features a spectacular color combination, one I fell in love with years ago when I saw a Ferrari on the grass at Pebble Beach (see pic) similarly configured. Only 354 Italia spiders and coupes were ever constructed during a six year period from the late 1960s to the early 70s, making this a Ferrari Daytona era car but much rarer than the Daytona.  From 1968 on Ferrari produced 1,406 Daytonas, coupes and convertibles, nearly 4 times as many Daytonas were produced when compared to the Italia.  (By comparison, Ferrari will be making 9,000 cars a year whereas only According to the Italia registry this car was produced in 1969.  Some say the Italia’s styling is very similar to the Ferrari Nembo Spyder designed by Tome Meade, a friend of mine until he passed away a couple of years ago, and a car worth millions of dollars.

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Location: Beverly Hills, California, United States