Italmeccanica IT160


Italmeccanica IT160

1950 Italmeccanica IT160

Based in Turin, Italmeccanica was part of the large cottage industry of custom cars and this IT160 Coupe was their answer to the ideal sports car. The model used a Ford flathead V8 engine in a new tubular chassis. The company probably took advantage of the many fabrication shops in Torino to design the body and interior.

Richard Adams was an investor in the project and wrote a four page article for the December 1952 issue of Speed Age. He said “We sought to manufacture a sports car combining the chassis, suspension, and luxurious body of European cars with the ease of maintenance and simplicity of the best American models. The IT160 is designed to take its place among the best American and foreign automobiles for speed and performance, but it may also be driven into an American garage and left with the simple instructions, ‘Fix it!’”

The aluminum body is similar to the Cisitalia of the period and is currently credited to Stabilimenti Farina. The cars weighs 2,450 pounds and is estimated to have a top speed of 140 mph.

RM Auctions Sale

At their 2010 Sports & Classics of Monterey Sale, RM Auctions sold this coupe. They described it as “Painted a metallic red/copper with red vinyl and ivory cloth interior and tan headliner, the car is believed to be mostly original with upgrades as-needed. The chrome presents nicely as does the paint with few imperfections. The engine bay appears as original, and the car rides on period-correct bias-ply tires. Inside, the dash has Brevettato gauges including tachometer and speedometer. It is also equipped with an AM radio and a wire-bound two-spoke steering wheel.

Simple Ford mechanicals make this Italian-American hybrid reasonable to repair and maintain. From the collection of noted Ford enthusiast Clyde Ensor, Sr., its uniqueness and limited production will certainly raise eyebrows at any vintage car show or concours. And, its highly original condition makes it a strong contender in any HPOF or survivor class in which it will compete.”

In Detail

typeConcept / Prototype Car
built atTorino, Italy
body stylistStabilimenti Farina
production2
engineCadillac V8
positionFront Longitudinal
aspirationNatural
fuel feed2-bbl Carburetor
body / frameAluminum Body over Tubular Steel Chassis
front brakesDrums
rear brakesDrums
f suspensionDubonnet
r suspensionLive Axle w/Longitudinal Leaf Springs
curb weight1112 kg / 2450 lbs
transmission3-Speed Column-Shift Manual
top speed~225.26 kph / 140 mph
0 – 60 mph~10.0 seconds

Auction Sales History

Italmeccanica IT160
1950 Ford Italmeccanica IT160 Coupe
– sold for $143,000
Painted a metallic red/copper with red vinyl and ivory cloth interior and tan headliner, the car is believed to be mostly original with upgrades as-needed. The chrome presents nicely as does the paint with few imperfections. The engine bay appears as original, and the car rides on period-correct bias-ply tires. Inside, the dash has Brevettato gauges including tachometer and speedometer. It is also equipped with an AM radio and a wire-bound two-spoke steering wheel. Auction Source: RM Auctions’ 2010 Sports & Classics of Monterey

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