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The Apollo was an United States-assembled sports car/personal vehicles made from 1962 to 1964 in Oakland, California.Built by Milt Brown and outlined by Ron Plescia, it emphasized Italian hand tailored aluminum bodywork with a decision between two-seater convertible or fastback styles. Power hailed from a 215 cu in (3.5 l) or 300 cu in (4.9 l) Buick motor to a 4-velocity manual. The organization, International Motor Cars, fabricated 42 autos before suspending handling while looking for new financing. IMC permitted the offer of body/chassis units to Vanguard Motors in Dallas, Texas to handle autos under the Vetta Ventura name and these were made until 1966 by Vanguard Inc of Dallas, Texas. This was a stop-crevice measure to keep the carrozzeria (form maker) Intermeccanica ready to go until new sponsor were found.
Candid Reisner, a previous concoction designer conceived in Hungary, brought up in Canada and well versed in America, secured an organization that later generated the Apollo (and the Texas-assembled Vetta Ventura). Reisner, on vacation in Italy in 1959, chose that he adored Turin and set up shop there as Intermeccanica preparing tuning units for Renaults, Peugeots, and Simcas.
The Apollo undertaking was the long for a junior California designer, Milt Brown, who fancied to raise an American reply to European Gts, for example, the Aston Martin Db4 and Ferrari roadsters. Tan, who was searching for a coachbuilder, met Reisner at the Monaco Grand Prix in 1960. An arrangement was made and the first Apollos were assembled by promptly 1963 by Intermeccanica. Intermeccanica made and trimmed the steel forms in Turin, Italy and after that sent them to Oakland, California, where the drive train was fixed. The model’s plan was by Milt Brown’s companion, Ron Plescia, however the nose was excessively long and the back vision constrained, so Reisner authorized previous Bertone beautician Franco Scaglione to change it.
The completed auto, sold by Brown’s International Motorcars of Oakland, was overall appropriated and had renowned worldwide managers, for example, Pat Boone. The base value was $6000 and the top rate was guaranteed to be 150 mph (240 km/h).
A model 2 + 2 was demonstrated in New York in 1965. It was demonstrated again in 1966 as the Griffth GT.
Universal Motor Cars sold 42 autos (40 roadsters and one spyder, incorporating the model) before handling ceased in mid-1964 because of absence of financing. IMC then made an agreement with Reisner (to keep his operation having a go at) permitting Intermeccanica to supply body/chassis units to Fred Ricketts, holder of Vanguard Industries, a post-retail supplier of auto ventilation systems in Dallas, Texas. Vanguard sold it as the Vetta Ventura. The aim was to give IMC opportunity to find new financing and additionally keep Intermeccanica alive.
Vanguard manufactured just 11 autos, with shop foreman Tom Johnson buying the remaining 11 body/chassis units and finishing them as late as 1971.
A third endeavor to prepare the Apollo was by lawyer Robert Stevens. His Apollo International organization of Pasadena, California finished just 14 autos, with foreman Otto Becker completing an alternate six. Four form chassis/units were never asserted by Apollo International and were sold by US Customs to Ken Dumiere.
The Apollo was emphasized in The Love Bug, a 1969 Disney motion picture.
Reisner later improved ventures, for example, the Griffith, the Murena GT, and the Italia by Intermeccanica. Intermeccanica happened to handle the Veltro 1500, the Griffin (which was an adaptation of the model Apollo 2+2), the Phoenix, and the Omega around others.
Apollo Vehicle Model list:
1963 Apollo GT
1962 Apollo GT
1911 Apollo Typ B
1907 Apollo Model B 35 hp Roi des Belges