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1964 INTERMECCANICA APOLLO CONVERTIBLE #11

 

 This 1964 Apollo 3500 GT is a rare convertible model of the hand-built, aluminum-bodied cars made in Oakland, California from 1962 to 1965. Only 90 of all varieties were built, and these drop tops are even scarcer with the seller quoting 11 made. A factory 300 CI aluminum head Buick V8 powered-car.

"I know this car. It has the Buick 300 cast iron block engine that is very well prepared. Many horses. Many more than the 250+ of the standard 300. The car weighs about 2500 lbs. Cobra nut, this would give a 289 Cobra a real run for its money. This car was converted by Milt Brown to exact spyder specifications (I was part of the process) and it took over Car No. 2011’s number — actually that number was allotted the final body/chassis unit from Intermeccanica (which didn’t produce cars, only bodies a la pininfarina). That unit was never assembled into a car (hence, it never had a VIN and was never registered) and was destroyed in the Oakland fire in 1992. This was done to prevent someone from “resurrecting” the burned-out hulk of the body chassis unit and turning it into a car (which could not have been done as the unit had slid down a mountain and wrapped itself around a tree; any attempt would have involved recreating the car which would have many inaccuracies and would not have been an original Apollo). To clear up the myths about the Apollo, the prototype was designed by Art Center graduate Ron Plescia, with final detailing and loft drawings by Franco Scaglione. The convertible was done completely by Scaglione for US$300 in 1963! The back end is what Scaglione revised and the fender line is completely different (and higher) from the coupe. Tail lights are about 2.5 inches farther out than coupe’s. You need to see this thing in person to appreciate the masterful job Scaglione did. Bodies for all cars were hammered out by hand and welded together to make a one-piece unit. I have historical photos that detail all this for the history I’m writing on the Apollo. Outstanding car that should easily fetch more than the $250K that some are insured for. BTW, the first 11 cars had the 215. No. 1012 (Bill Evans’ car) was the first 300 (5000 cc) powered Apollo." Robb Northrup President, Apollo Owners Registry

PRICED AT $219,000.00 Contact John Fortney at 805-235-2591

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