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Intermeccanica, The Story of the Prancing

by Andrew McCredie Paula

Founded in 1959 as Construzione Intermeccanica in Turin, Italy by a Canadian ex-pat this built sports cars sexy Italian coachwork and European and American mechanicals. a century later it still out high-quality hand-built vehicles ( International in Vancouver, Canada) but the highly original early in the Italian supercar idiom, are better-than-original replica Porsches and a VW Type 82 Kübelwagen built the original blueprints which the owns.

Aside from its car theme this book, a effort, is a really nice in terms of what Karl calls in his Foreword “a life lived,” of love, emotion, and All these things would this a worthwhile read if Frank Reisner (1932–2001) had built a car company from It is also told in an exceedingly flowing, engaging style and you can see the touch of the newspaper reporter, is just what author is. He specializes in automotive subjects, as commentator and in his private life.

And that there is a story to at all is thanks to Reisner’s wife who worked side by side him through all the Intermeccanica years and is now to record their firm’s while there are still around to tell it. Such as journalist Gianni Rogliatti, who the second Foreword and knew the during their two decades in In what is often called a and Goliath story Reisner where many had tried and On all counts, then, this story is not just a cookie-cutter dots biography.

Partly this is so because is not much that is linear in the story. Fate—or whatever you to call that which be planned—and being in the right at the right time as well as to recognize opportunity when it knocking are the propelling forces But these words have an connotation of  passivity which be entirely inapplicable to Reisner. The picks up the thread in war-torn and subsequent emigration to Canada, a plethora of odd jobs—with an unplanned but denominator: cars—, professional (chemical engineer), meeting—over a episode—the Czech émigré who become his wife, and building his car. Just reading all these formative events us breathless! The life lessons so far would become absolutely to subsequent endeavors: going to for an extended holiday, meeting

of his father-in-law’s in the car industry, and hatching the to stay in Europe and build equipment full-time. Settling in Detroit of Italy”—Turin—he found all the manufacturing that the likes of and Lancia needed alongside craftsman’s shops. In short he branched out into Formula racing cars, followed by the road car, the Imp. imp ishly small, this is for Intermeccanica Puch because it was on a Steyr-Daimler-Puch 500cc chassis the book calls a Fiat The book describes all the models in detail, including the current While it does talk design, construction, finance it is not an engineering or business history but
a biography or, in a more generic a story of enterprise . There for instance, no car data tables or illustrations. Most of the photos are ones; augmented by facsimiles of correspondence, ads and several coachwork Appended are tables of the entire output listing cars by number, date, type, color, specs, along notes. Index.

Signed copies of the book are through Intermeccanica .

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: The Story of the Prancing Bull

by Andrew McCredie Paula

192 pages, 175 photos, hardcover

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