Italian cars are known for voluptuous and elegant styling, but typically not for reliability. To solve the dependability issues and make their cars more appealing to the American market, one Italian manufacture had the brilliant idea of stuffing an American built V8 under the hood of one of their cars. The result was Intermaccanica’s Torino. This garage find 1967 Torino Spyder can be found here on eBay.
The car was discovered 2 years ago by the current owner. It was found in a garage, where it had been parked since 1980. They purchased the car with the intent of restoring it to its former glory, but as most stories go, life got in the way. After letting the car sit for another 2 years, they have decided to let the car go in hopes someone else will be able to restore it.
Intermeccanica installed Ford’s 289 cui HiPo V8 into the Torino, giving it both power and durability. This engine was rated at a respectable 271 hp and gave this Italian plenty of power. This is the same engine found in K code Mustangs and is much sought after. This engine proved so strong that it was used as the starting point for the Shelby GT350.
The interior is believed to be the original and shows signs of regular use and age. Most of the upholstery looks salvageable, but it appears the wood steering wheel is damaged. This interior is very Italian. Until you notice that the four speed manual transmission lacks a gated shifter. There were only 92 Torinos built, as part way through production the name had to be switched to Italia to avoid issues with Ford’s Torino.
This car cleaned up well, but still needs some work to be looking its best. The car was repainted once by a previous owner, but wasn’t the best quality and should be redone. Also, the front of the car was damaged at some point and was poorly repaired. Getting it show ready would be a big project, but given how solid it looks could probably get away without a full restoration. Prices are climbing for these early cars, likely because of the 289 HiPo engine and the name change. Restore it or leave it as is?