Intermeccanica: The Story of the Prancing Bull

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Veloce Publishing Ltd, 2010 - Transportation - 192 pages
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Frank Reisner, a Hungarian-born, American educated chemical engineer, turned a youthful passion for cars into one of the most famous small production sports car building companies in the world. From modest beginnings based in the automotive mecca of Turin, Italy throughout the 1960s and into the 1970s, Intermeccanica conceived, designed and produced a dozen different models that shook the motoring world and went on to find homes in museums and collections from Europe to the United States to Japan. Most notable of these models are the Apollo, the Italia and the Indra. From there it was on to California, where Reisner revolutionized the Porsche replicar market with his groundbreaking fiberglass Speedster design, followed by the Roadster RS, which the company continues to produce at its Vancouver, BC, Canada headquarters. Along the way, Reisner and Intermeccanica dealt with, and in one case sued, the largest automotive manufacturers in the world, all the while maintaining an independent streak and maverick spirit that would come to define the man and his company.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
4
A new beginning in the New World
11
PO Box 153
21
IMPish charm
32
The Apollo takes flight
41
A wild ride with a man named Jack
55
Eccentric cars for eccentric minds
64
Firing on all cylinders
77
All the eggs in one basket
102
Arrivederci Italy
112
A second start in the New World
122
Court dates and moving dates
137
A homecoming of sorts
143
Epilogue
161
INDEX
190
Copyright

Italia and Indra keep Intermeccanica hopping
91

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About the author (2010)

Andrew McCredie is a Vancouver-based journalist with a background in general newspaper reporting and editing, specializing in automotive writing. A lifelong enthusiast of all things on wheels, he has written extensively on new vehicles for the past decade and is a full voting member of the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). From helping a friend restore a 1968 Chevrolet Cutlass as an eager though inexperienced 15-year-old to owning a classic and fully restored Porsche 911, McCredie is never happier than when behind the wheel of a vintage motorcar or elbows deep in automotive history research.Andrew McCredie is a Vancouver-based journalist with a background in general newspaper reporting and editing, specializing in automotive writing. A lifelong enthusiast of all things on wheels, he has written extensively on new vehicles for the past decade and is a full voting member of the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). From helping a friend restore a 1968 Chevrolet Cutlass as an eager though inexperienced 15-year-old to owning a classic and fully restored Porsche 911, McCredie is never happier than when behind the wheel of a vintage motorcar or elbows deep in automotive history research.Paula Reisner is Frank Reisner's daughter and served as co-author of the book.

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