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Intermeccanica Italia

Intermeccanica Italia in Knight Rider, TV Series, 1982-1986 IMDB Ep. 2.08

Class: Cars, Convertible — Model origin: IT

Intermeccanica Italia

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wickey SK

2006-08-04 17:53

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the brown one - Triumph?

sixcyl FR

2006-08-04 18:51

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The brown one is certainly not a triumph, but looks more like a Nissan/Datsun 240 Z or 280 Z with odd convertible body [Image: confused.gif]... but probably it's something else

Donington UK

2006-08-04 19:13

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There were quite a few conversions of the Z's into convertibles, i think this is one

Richard of C CA

2007-04-25 16:25

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I think it looks more like a modified Corvette. Rear trunk shape, windshield and back section of front fenders.

Richard of C CA

2007-04-29 01:47

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Anybody around this page?

ahight US

2007-04-29 02:42

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it looks like a 240 to me. i wish i had Season 2 to double check.

Richard of C CA

2007-04-30 15:55

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The headlights and the front end look a bit like the 240Z but the rest of the car is 68-72 Corvette..windshield is a big indicator as is trunk.

Richard of C CA

2007-05-18 15:44

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Still say its a modified corvette and not a 240Z

stronghold EN

2007-05-18 16:31

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it could be one of these? /vehicle_5805-Intermeccanica-Italia-GFX-1968.html
Also seems to have the same air-intake behind the front wheels ;)

-- Last edit: 2007-05-18 16:56:12

ben68 BE

2007-05-18 16:41

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stronghold wrote it could be one of these? /vehicle_5805-Intermeccanica-Italia-GFX-1968.html

I thought it was, yes, but I don't think so anymore when having a look at :
- the chrome around the windscreen
- the front bumper in one piece

ben68 BE

2007-05-18 16:47

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ben68 wrote
I thought it was, yes, but I don't think so anymore when having a look at :
- the chrome around the windscreen
- the front bumper in one piece

Stronghold, I finally think you're right.
After having compared some pics, it seems it could be an Intermeccanica Italia GFX.
The front bumper in one piece is in fact the original one from which the two lateral pieces are linked to each other by an extra chrome bar (a bit thinner).
TO BE CONFIRMED by peers.

-- Last edit: 2007-05-18 16:53:17

Oswald NL

2007-06-01 18:01

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I think Italia too.

ed2186 US

2008-09-06 22:45

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there is an auburn and a t bucket

ahi US

2008-10-25 20:04

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The gold one is definitely the Intermeccanica Italia. Here's another Intermeccanica IMCDB page that should help end the debate. Notice the rear end, bumper, and the overall shape of the car. In the link posted by "stronghold": /vehicle_5805-Intermeccanica-Italia-GFX-1968.html, you can clearly see that the scoop in the fender matches exactly to the gold one and the piece that cinched it for me: the oddly positioned, door-mounted side mirror that you can make out on the gold one. The parts that make it hard to distinguish immediately and are throwing people off the scent are the fender flare around the front wheel and the wheel cover on the back. Otherwise you'd instantly be able to tell it's no Vette.

Motorace

2008-10-28 20:36

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I own a 1969 Intermeccanica Italia and can confirm that the gold car is based on this car - but clearly there have been some strange modifications to the fenders (the rear skirt and the lip over the front fender lip). I gotta believe that what appears to be a bulging rear fender skirt must in fact be a person standing next to the car (like a girl in a skirt bending over the car door) & perhaps they were moving as the picture was taken, causing their figure to blur. It just doesn't make sense that could be a fender skirt. The most definitive giveaway is the rectangular opening in the front fender right behind the front wheel.

ben68 (see his posting above) was very astute to note that Italias did not have chrome windshield frames (just a chrome strip embedded in the rubber, while the frame was body colored... I think that the windshield frame in the photo must be gold and just looks like chrome at this distance. The length of the hood and the headlight buckets are the also definitive giveaways - few cars have such a long hood. In C3 Corvette convertibles, the passenger compartment sits further forward in the overall body length.

The 1-piece front bumper is indeed strange for an Italia ROADSTER (convertible). The first 45 cars built had such a one-piece front bumper (twelve were Plymouth powered "Griffith 600's" and the next 33 were "Omegas" (of which three were destroyed for crash testing)) but ALL 45 of these were Coupes, not convertibles. Omega had contracted Frank Reisner of Intermeccanica to build the cars for them, so when Omega folded, Reisner took over production and actually succeeded in working out the remaining bugs and building a decent car. He worked with the incredibly gifted Italian stylist - Franco Scaglione - to design the convertible version. To the best of my knowledge - ALL of the convertibles had two piece bumperettes in the front. It is very possible that on this gold car - the owner may have damaged the original bumperettes and replaced them with a one-piece bumper from one of the earlier coupes.

Lastly, the wheels that came on Intermeccanica Italias were 5-spoke Magnum 500's - for which the chrome 'spokes' were narrower than the ones seen on this car - leading me to suspect that this car's wheel are not original either... The car fits any standard Ford 5-bolt 4.5"bolt-cirle wheel, so it was not unusual to change the wheels.

-- Last edit: 2017-04-02 11:41:03

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