Construzione Automobili Intermeccanica is an automobile manufacturer founded by Frank Reisner initially based in Italy but subsequently moving to Canada. It is currently headed by Frank’s son, Henry Reisner. The company’s first car was a Formula Junior on a Peugeot engine, followed by further 500cc engined race cars, one of which won at the Nurburgring.
Larger American V8 engines were used in the Apollo GT, of which 101 cars were made for International Motor Cars (1961–1965). The Apollo, the Veltro and later prototypes were designed by Franco Scaglione. The later Italia was a larger GT sports car, of which approximately 500 were made (1966–1972), followed by Murena GT in 1971. With Bitter Cars and Opel, Intermeccanica developed the Indra (1971), followed by a few years assembling the Squire car.
The Indra was presented at the Geneva Automobile Show and was Intermeccanica’s most successful car yet.
Between 1971 and 1974, 125 Indras in three variants, convertible, notchback coupe and fastback coupe were developed and built. In 1973 the Indra was presented at the New York Automobile Show, again with many orders taken and distributorship for U.S. set up. At this stage GM changed policy and stopped supplying both the Chevrolet engines and the Opel parts, as well as advising their Opel dealers in Germany that they were no longer to sell the Indras, with disastrous results for Intermeccanica. Distributor Erich Bitter developed a very similar replacement, the Bitter CD, built by Baur.
One of only 60 Indra Spiders produced, this rare and desirable Italian sportscar is the only known example to be offered on the open market today. Finished in fly yellow with a black interior, the Indra makes an interesting and unusual alternative to the more mainstream sportscars of the 1970s.