- 1964-1965 APOLLO
- The Apollo was a sleek, fastback GT launched
by Newt Davis and Milt Brown. The aluminum body, designed by Ron Plescia and Franco
Scaglione, was built in Italy by Frank Reisner's Carrozzeria Intermecannica. Final
assembly took place in California using a specially designed ladder-type tubular steel
frame. The car, powered by Buick's then-new aluminum V-8 and equipped with Buick
Special suspension parts, was a critical success, meeting universal praise.
- It failed, several times in fact, as a
result of financial and marketing naivete, although 88 cars total: 76 coupes, 11
convertibles, and a 2+2 coupe prototypehaving been built marks it as more successful
than many. With the larger engine fitted, top speed was claimed to be
150mph/240kmh (0-60mph in 7.5 seconds) but the company was not sufficiently strong to
advertise nationally, or establish a dealer network. To make matters worse, nobody thought
very highly of the power unitthe Buick engine (which lives on as the Rover V8) was
notorious for giving troublethe bodies' were expensive, and production ceased in
1964. Intermeccanica then supplied the bodies to a firm in Texas, which used them
to make a car called the Vetta Ventura.
- Production of the Apollo was resumed in 1964
but this venture was dead by the following year. In all 88 Apollos (II of which were
convertibles) were made, together with 19 Vetta Venturas, but not all Apollos were
delivered and some were quietly scrapped. Trivia fans might like to know that an
Apollo GT was the car driven by the 'baddies' in The Love Bug.
The Vetta Ventura was produced at the
same time as the Apollo and is considered a "Texas Apollo". This car is
not to be confused with the Warrior, made about the same time, in the same city, by a
company with a similar name. 19 vehicles were produced.
- Hard-top Price: $6897, Weight 2470
Convertible Price: $7237
- ENGINE: Buick. V-8. Overhead valve. Cast
iron block. Displacement: 300 cid. Bore and stroke: 3.75 x 3.40 inches. Compression ratio:
11.0:1. Brake hp: 250 at 4800 rpm. Five main bearings. Hydraulic valve lifters.
Carburetor: Rochester model 7024044/5 tour-barrel.
POWERTAIN: Four-speed manual
CHASSIS FEATURES: Wheelbase: 97
inches. Overall length: 178 inches. Front tread: 56 inches. Rear tread: 56 inches. Tire
- OPTIONS: Automatic power-shift transmission.
Air conditioning. Borrani chrome plated wire wheels. Magnesium wheels. Pirelli Cinturato
high speed tires. AM radio. AM/FM Marine radio.
- MANUFACTURER: Vanguard Motors Corp., Dallas,
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