#24 February-March 1981
BIG BLOCK FORD INDRA by Dale M. Arden
Indras were produced from approximately
early 1971 to mid-1974 with 127 cars completed. Breakdown was approximately 60
convertibles; 40 coupes and 27 two plus twos.
The engine power on most were either
327, 350 V-8 Chevy engines, or straight 6 Opel engines. There are currently six Indras in
the United States, five two plus twos and one convertible. Most of the Indras were sold in
Germany through Opel Dealers Network. The car was a partial joint venture between
Intermeccanica and Opel. Indras have DeDion rear suspension and ZF recirculating
ball power steering. They all had four wheel vented disc brakes. My own Indra was
special ordered from the factory, presumably the only big block Ford Indra ever produced.
Wheels were special 15 x 6 1/2 Campagnolo, instead of the 14x6 Cromadoras. It has a custom
blue velour interior with full reclining seats.
Photos by Dale Arden
'74 Indra #11002525
President: L. L. Burnett
Sea Shell Lane
Northport, NY 11768
President: Helmut Aulgur
Carl von Linde Str. 4
Editor: Rob Rowe
Dalton City, IL 61925
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WEST COAST CAR MEET by Rob Rowe &
The Shelby American Automobile Club
has agreed to include IOC in their 1981 convention. They are a tremendous group with over
5000 members, of which I am one. Their convention last year in Dearborn, Michigan, had
about 1000 cars. These included Cobras, Shelbys, Tigers, Panteras, etc.
This year's convention is at Monterey,
California, on August 18, 19, and 20. The 8th Annual Monterey Historic Automobile Races
will be held at Laguna Seca Raceway on August 21 and 22. And, on the 23rd is the Pebble
Beach Concours d'Elegance. The following description of the activities is courtesy of Rick
Kopec, Editor for SAAC.
Since there is no single hotel in
Monterey large enough to provide SAAC members with in excess of 750 rooms, blocks of room
have been secured at five major hotels. Since SAAC-6 will be held during one of the peak
tourist times of the year, it is very important to make reservations early.
SAAC-6 will officially begin on Tuesday
morning, August 18th. The first event scheduled is the Parts Swap, which will be an inside
affair and will run all day, from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. One event you won't want to miss is the
Open Track Day at Leguna Seca. That will be Wednesday, and SAAC has rented the track all
day. Look for the same type of low-key, non-competitive action that highlighted SAAC-3 and
SAAC-5. There will be 100 positions on the grid and cars will be grouped according to
performance potential and driver's ability. Twenty-five minute sessions for each class
will be run until sundown and passengers will be allowed (one to a car). That's it:
There's your ride in a GT40 or a 427 Cobra!
Thursday is the car show/concours event, It
will be an all-day affair, again held away from any of the hotels. Popular voting and a
judged concours will be scheduled and will run from 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. Also, look for parts
vendors to be set up at both the concours and the open track for those who cannot get
enough parts and literature.
IOC members would be welcome and
would be more or less treated the same as SAAC members (with the exception of slightly
higher registration fees and the fact that the open track high speed event- this year at
Leguna Seca is open to SAAC members only; with a limited number of openings, it wouldn't
be fair to turn away SAAC members because non-members filled up spaces). Of course, if
someone wanted to run that badly, they could always join the club!
We have negotiated discounts at five hotels
in Monterey and have reserved blocks of room at each, and both the rooms and the discounts
are available to anyone pre-registering for the convention. We also will be able to offer
discounted tickets to the races on Friday and Saturday.
We will be holding a concours/popular vote
car show on Thursday. We are not planning to have a special class for Italias and they
would normally be placed in the popular vote Special Interest Class. If you would like to
"sponsor" a special Italia concours class, that would be fine with us. You would
have to supply both judges and trophies. We have done this in the past and it has worked
If you are interested in a concours
class for Italias (and other IM cars) contact the Editor for IOC. For more information
about the meet or about
SAAC contact: Rick Kopec, SAAC HQ
22 Olmstead Road
West Redding, CT 06896
EAST COAST CAR MEET by Rob Rowe
It has been a tradition for the past
few years to meet at the Sports Car Collectors Society of America's Annual Show. This year
it will be held at Blob's Park in Jessup, Maryland. It is set for Sunday, June 14th, from
10 A.M. to 5 P.M. In addition to the usual beautiful cars it tends to draw four or
five of our cars (Omega-Torino-Italia). Until it rained, it looked like it would be a good
meet the year I went. Rain date is August 2nd.
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