Price: US $169,995.00 Item location: Local pick-up only
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Other Makes
  • SubModel: Spyder
  • Type: Convertible
  • Doors: 2
  • Year: 1972
  • Mileage: 91,385
  • Color: Silver
  • Engine size: 351 V8
  • Power options: Power windows
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Interior color: Black
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1972 Other Makes Spyder

This 1972 Intermeccanica Italia Spyder is another great Anglo-Italian supercar, ombining old world craftsmanship with proven American mechanicals, ut its story is even more interesting than most. Built by an American engineer who moved to Torino, taly, he Italia was a pure vision of performance distilled down to its core. With a bespoke body, orgeous Italian leather interior, nd only 400 examples having been built, t's a tier-one collectable that's still an absolute thrill to drive.The Spyder's body was completely hand-made from steel and draped over a tubular frame. It has the characteristic long nose/short deck look that was in fashion at the time, ooking a bit like a Ferrari from some angles, ike a Corvette from others, nd maybe even a little AC Frua thrown in. Nevertheless, t's got a look that's unique and there isn't a bad line anywhere on the car. Graceful curves, he pointed snout with covered headlights, nd just enough ornamentation to make it look expensive all add up to a car that delivers exotic looks without the exotic hassles. This one was beautifully restored a few years ago and thanks to a recent professional buff, he silver paint simply glows. Panel gaps are quite good for a hand-built car and it shows well no matter where you look. The only possible demerit might be a small mark on the hood, ut it's so subtle that we can't even get a decent photo of it. The chrome bumperettes were also restored, he headlight covers are crystal clear, nd the detailing is simply exquisite everywhere you look.The striking black and red leather interior is certainly up to the standards you'd expect from a low-slung Italian sports car. Nicely contoured bucket seats flank a matching center console, nd the driving position is typically Italian with the long arm/short leg feel. Of note, he gauges are familiar Jaeger pieces that you'd find in a Jaguar E-Type, o they look suitably purposeful. The 4-speed shifter should feel familiar to anyone who has driven a vintage Mustang, nd over the years, his Italia has been upgraded with modern conveniences like power windows and a newer AM/FM stereo radio with Pioneer speakers behind the seats. Peel back the black boot and you'll find a folding canvas top that does a decent job of keeping out the elements, nd there's even a reasonably-sized trunk with full-sized spare and jack assembly.It's familiar under the hood, hich is what makes this car so intriguing. That's a Ford 351 cubic inch V8 with a 4-barrel carburetor and all the proven reliability that comes with it. How cool is it to be able to take a wrench to your exotic sports car without a PhD. in Italian? There's a lot of recent work under the hood, ncluding an upgraded alternator, aster cylinder, nd power booster, s well as a fresh tune up with plugs, ires, nd other parts. It starts with a sound very much like your vintage Mustang and settles into a rumbling V8 idle that seems a bit out of character for the delicately sculpted bodywork. The Toploader 4-speed manual gearbox is still a joy to run through the gears and the rear end is a familiar 9-inch Ford. 4-wheel disc brakes are a welcome sight in a car with this much performance on tap and the handling is pretty impressive with coil-overs all around. Recent 16-inch Minilite-style wheels have been fitted, nd they're exactly the right choice, hich also allows fatter 205/60/16 performance radials.This is an awesome opportunity to own a rare Italian sports car that resonates with American audiences. Everyone will have questions when they see it and nobody will enjoy it more than the driver. Call today!