Frank Reisner, a Hungarian-born Canadian educated chemical engineer, turned a youthful passion for cars into one of the most famous small production sports car building companies in the world. From modest beginnings based in the automotive mecca of Turin, Italy throughout the 1960s and into the 1970s, Intermeccanica conceived, designed and produced a dozen different models that shook the motoring world and went on to find homes in museums and collections from Europe to the United States to Japan. Most notable of these models are the Apollo, the Italia and the Indra. From there it was on to California, where Reisner revolutionised the Porsche replicar market with his groundbreaking fibreglass Speedster design, followed by the Roadster RS, which the company continues to produce at its Vancouver, BC, Canada headquarters.
Along the way, Reisner and Intermeccanica dealt with, and in one case sued, the largest automotive manufacturers in the world, all the while maintaining an independent streak and maverick spirit that would come to define the man and his company.
Andrew McCredie is a Vancouver-based journalist with a background in general newspaper reporting and editing, specialising in automotive writing. A lifelong enthusiast of all things on wheels, he has written extensively on new vehicles for the past decade and is a full voting member of the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). From helping a friend restore a 1968 Chevrolet Cutlass as an eager though inexperienced 15-year-old, to owning a classic and fully restored Porsche 911, McCredie is never happier than when behind the wheel of a vintage motorcar or elbows deep in automotive history research. -- Paula Reisner nee Frei, born December 27, 1935 in Prague, then moved to Czechoslovakia. In January 1950 we escaped from Prague. While my parents were trying to find a way to resettle somewhere I was sent to an English boarding school in Cambridge. I rejoined my family in Canada at the end of September 1951. After high school I attended Sir George Williams College while working as an investment statistician for the Bronfman family. After marrying Frank Reisner we decided to go visit back to Europe for a three month visit, which changed into settling in Turin Italy and starting Intermeccanica. I worked with Frank taking care of billing, shipping and all necessary typing. Once we started producing cars I also became involved in quality control of paint and final body assembly. In California as Automobili Intermeccanica in Santa Ana, my work was again quality control. In Canada from 1982 office management and book keeping became my main occupation at Intermeccanica International Inc. Today I work part time with Henry Reisner, helping with costing and pricing studies.
Dedication Acknowledgement Prologue Chapter 1: From the ashes of war (Frank's early years) Chapter 2: A new beginning in the New World (Frank moves to Canada and love affair of all things cars grows) Chapter 3: An 18-year European vacation (Frank and Paula go on a vacation to Europe and end up setting up Intermeccanica in Italy) Chapter 4: PO Box 153 (The post office box number that started it all for Intermeccanica) Chapter 5: Finding the right Formula Chapter 6: IMPish charm Chapter 7: The Apollo takes flight Chapter 8: A wild ride with a man named Jack Chapter 9: Eccentric cars for eccentric minds Chapter 10: Firing on all cylinders Chapter 11: Italia and Indra keep Intermeccanica hopping Chapter 12: All eggs in one basket Chapter 13: Arrivederci Italy Chapter 14: Mecca for motorheads Chapter 15: California Dreaming Chapter 16: Court dates and moving dates Chapter 17: A homecoming of sorts Chapter 18: L'ingegnere's final build Epilogue