On October 4th and 5th, Auburn Indiana’s Worldwide Auctioneers will lift the gavel on one of the largest and most interesting assemblages of collector vehicles and collectibles, including over 200 cars and 100 pedal cars at the Corpus Christi Old Car Museum auction. Headlining the sale are three definitive examples of the beautiful and fascinating Apollo GT.
Conceived and produced during the early 1960s – a moment in time which included its contemporary, the Ford-powered Shelby Cobra, the Apollo GT combined beautiful styling and easy-to-service chassis and mechanical components from Buick. Clothed in sleek bodywork penned by Ron Plescia and refined by fast-rising Italian design legend Franco Scaglione (of Alfa Romeo B.A.T. fame), the Apollo GT was first offered with 3.5-liter, all-alloy V-8 power and soon, even more–powerful 5.0-liter Buick V-8 engines. Bodies were hand-built in Turin, Italy by Frank Reisner’s Carrozzeria IM, best-known as Intermeccanica. The company responsible for putting it all together was Oakland, California’s International Motor Cars – headed by Milt Brown, Ron Plescia and Ned Davis, later joined by George Finley – one of the Ford “Whiz Kids” – as sales manager.