I have a 1977 Intermeccanica Speedster. How can I determine if it is a Intermeccanica Speedster (California Production)?

Intermeccanica model Speedster (California Production) belongs to sports roadster / converible class. Represents the "S (sport cars)" market segment. The car was offered with roadster body shapes between the years 1976 and 1979.

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Apologies, Highlander, but I can't tell if your question is about a manufacturer's category or a government category.  If your question is directed to the maker, you may want to contact Henry directly at the Intermeccanica website.   If your question refers to government regulations and/or import/export laws, please give more info.  I have spent many years in California and have never heard of the "S (sports cars) market segment".

 

Jim Kelly posted:

Apologies, Highlander, but I can't tell if your question is about a manufacturer's category or a government category.  If your question is directed to the maker, you may want to contact Henry directly at the Intermeccanica website.   If your question refers to government regulations and/or import/export laws, please give more info.  I have spent many years in California and have never heard of the "S (sports cars) market segment".

Hi Jim

Yes I would like to contact Henry direct, do you have his email? I sent IMC some emails without a response.

My question has nothing to do with Government regulation etc. 

I have a 1977 IMC Sportster, It was imported from the U.S. I wanted to obtain more details from the IMC company.

i did some research and found the following:

 

Intermeccanica Speedster (California Production) specifications: versions & types

Intermeccanica model Speedster (California Production) belongs to sports roadster / converible class. Represents the "S (sport cars)" market segment. The car was offered with roadster body shapes between the years 1976 and 1979.

Cars were equipped with engines of 1641 cc (100.5 cui) displacement, delivering 67 kW (91 PS, 90 hp) of power. Intermeccanica Speedster (California Production) is constructionally closely related also to PORSCHE 356 SPEEDSTER.”

I needed some clarification on this research.

Thanks

Look up Intermeccanica.com that is the parent site the contact info should be there.  The suggestion of getting the book Intermeccanica "The Prancing bull" is a good history of the company and is a good read it  may fill in the blanks for you on IM's history.  Just saying. 

Amazon.com should have it.

IaM-Ray posted:

Look up Intermeccanica.com that is the parent site the contact info should be there.  The suggestion of getting the book Intermeccanica "The Prancing bull" is a good history of the company and is a good read it  may fill in the blanks for you on IM's history.  Just saying. 

Amazon.com should have it.

Thanks 

I have contacted the IMC company  a few times, there has been no response.

do you know anyone who works in the company?

Not sure what "IMC" is.

Frank Resiner formed Intermeccanica in Europe in the 50s, and was a coach builder. Painting with a very brad brush, what he built in Europe were sportscar bodies using American car running gear.

In the '70s, he immigrated to the USA (Los Angeles, California) with his family, and gained a partner building 356 Speedster (not Convertible D) replica cars and kits. Frank sold his half of the business and moved his family to Vancouver, BC Canada, the partner sold the Speedster molds, etc. to CMC.

Frank built turnkey replica 356 Convertible Ds in Canada until his not-to-compete agreement timed out, when they started building Speedsters again as well. Frank's son Henry eventually took over the family business, and ran it as a stand-alone business for another 20+ years.

Several years ago, Intermeccanica was acquired by a venture capital funded start-up, with the purpose of building electric cars. The company is now a publicly traded company called Meccanica and is listed on the NASDAQ. Production of the electric cars will be in China, with the R&D and production work overseen by Henry Reisner. He makes a LOT of trips to China now.

Speedster and Roadster construction has continued in Vancouver, but is no longer the main thrust of the business-- bringing the electric car (the Solo) to production is a matter of survival now. Last spring, Henry made the announcement (in his newsletter) that Intermeccanica would end ICE car production and that future replicas built by them would be all electric. Apparently, later in 2019 a new CEO reversed that decision, and production of ICE replicas is ongoing, although no formal announcement from Henry, Intermeccanica, or the parent company (Meccanica) has been forthcoming.

You may have difficulty reaching anybody at Intermeccanica because:

  • What you have was built 45 years and 3 companies ago
  • Henry and staff are really, really focused on trying to bring the Solo to production

I'm sorry I can't be of more assistance, but this is the landscape now.

Good luck.

And Henry was like 17 back in 1977 (he was surfing and more interested in dune buggies) plus it was way before small companies like IM had mainframe computers to store stuff on. It wasn't until 1981 that IBM produced a first microcomputer with 64K and a 5 1/4" floppy (Ok so Steve Jobs and Wosniack were around too as was then pennyless Bill Gates).  What production # does your IM have on its id plate?

http://www.speedsters.com/srs-INTERMEC.htm

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And Henry was like 17 back in 1977 (he was surfing and more interested in dune buggies) plus it was way before small companies like IM had mainframe computers to store stuff on. It wasn't until 1981 that IBM produced a first microcomputer with 64K and a 5 1/4" floppy (Ok so Steve Jobs and Wosniack were around too as was then pennyless Bill Gates).  What production # does your IM have on its id plate?

http://www.speedsters.com/srs-INTERMEC.htm

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WOLFGANG posted:

And Henry was like 17 back in 1977 (he was surfing and more interested in dune buggies) plus it was way before small companies like IM had mainframe computers to store stuff on. It wasn't until 1981 that IBM produced a first microcomputer with 64K and a 5 1/4" floppy (Ok so Steve Jobs and Wosniack were around too as was then pennyless Bill Gates).  What production # does your IM have on its id plate?

http://www.speedsters.com/srs-INTERMEC.htm

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I have the identification details.

Is it still possible to obtain a Certificate of Authenticity?

Thanks

If that is your IM sticker with 1977 on it - yours may not be a 1977 build.  On the red one I posted the IM sticker with serial number says it was built in 1978 even though the copyright sticker says 1977. Having that IM build sticker would be useful.

No COA was issued when your car was built. Therefore, it is most likely no COA can be given to you now. Who knows if what you have is what was sold when it was sold. The original IM body may have been wrecked and all the parts stripped off of it and reassembled with a different body. 

But regardless of why you want it no one here can help you. Only the original manufacturer of what you have could do that and I see no reason why they would. It benefits no one. 

Robert M posted:

No COA was issued when your car was built. Therefore, it is most likely no COA can be given to you now. Who knows if what you have is what was sold when it was sold. The original IM body may have been wrecked and all the parts stripped off of it and reassembled with a different body. 

But regardless of why you want it no one here can help you. Only the original manufacturer of what you have could do that and I see no reason why they would. It benefits no one. 

We have another Sherlock Holmes on this site.

I still haven’t found Dr. Watson

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