Italian firm Innocenti, that made the 'Lambretta' brand of scooters (also produced at the API factory in Bhandup, Mumbai) manufactured several motorcars in partnership with BMC (British Motor Corporation). One of them was this popular model, Innocenti Spider.
Designed by American, Tom Tjaarda (who later designed the De Tomaso Pantera, Ferrari 330 GT, etc.), who was then working for the Italian design firm Carrozzeria Ghia, this model was based on the British made Austin Healey Sprite.
Tjaarda knew that the Italian public would not accept the original design of the Sprite and so worked on making this sports car more attractive with a distinctive Italian flair. In 1961, the building of Innocenti 950 Spider having a 950 cc engine was entrusted to a firm called Officine Stampaggi Industriali who also made the Ford Taunus 20M and Ford Anglia Torino models.
A year later, another model with an 1.1 litre engine rolled out. This model was the Innocenti 950-S Spider which had few extra features such as disc brakes, improved suspension, etc. Nearly 2000 of the ‘S’ variants were produced until 1965.
This scale model is one of the only 500 pieces created.
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: RESIN|
|- High precision miniature models|
|- Non-opening model|
|- On plinth (platform base) with plexiglas hard-display case|
|- Only 500 pieces created|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||6 x 3 x 2.5|