Eye-catching Italian designs with tire-smoking American power fill a popular, if small, niche in the collector car market. In the late ’60s and early ’70s, coachbuilders stuffed Detroit iron between hand-formed steel bodies from Torino (Intermeccanica) to Bresso (Iso) to Modena (DeTomaso).
The Italia was born from the halted Griffith 600 project; penned by Robert Cumberford and engineered by Mark Donohue. Intermeccanica, contracted to build 2,250 bodies, was left holding the tooling after Griffith folded. They decided to finish the car in Italy with Ford drivetrains.
This white drop top “is a great driving car. Long-term ownership has been a blessing for this beauty, which has benefitted from consistent maintenance and a restoration.” That restoration happened a few years ago, with no more specifics mentioned. Drivetrain parts will be cheap and easy with a Ford 351 Cleveland V8. The lights, radio, fans, etc are in working order. And hey, it has a/c that blows cold — perfect for this hot, record-setting summer.
Only six Italias sold on eBay Motors in the last seven years, with just two of those since 2008. None of them appear to match the condition of this example. Click here to see the auction listing. The seller set the Buy It Now at $115,000.