This 1963 Apollo 3500 GT is chassis number 1004, a very early production model fitted from new with the 215 cubic inch Buick engine and a four-speed manual gearbox. This car is believed to have been delivered new on the West Coast, equipped from new with Borrani wire wheels and a wood-rimmed steering wheel. Presented in a flattering shade of deep burgundy, it shows in excellent condition, wearing an older, but lovely restoration. Paint and bodywork quality is excellent, and the car appears crisp and very attractive. The chrome and polished pieces present well, with good quality plating on the bumpers and quad exhaust tips. The car rides on gorgeous, polished alloy Borrani wheels, wrapped in period correct 165-400 Michelin X radials. Elegantly styled, the Apollo doesn't rely on fussy trim and brightwork, instead featuring simple quarter bumpers and subtle “Carrozzeria IM” badges to provide the understated highlights.
The Apollo cabin is remarkably comfortable, with room for two and generous luggage capacity. This example's interior remains faithful to original, with door cards, interior panels and headlining upholstered in the factory correct heavy-grain vinyl. The dash and seats are trimmed in black leather and floors lined with high-quality Wilton carpet. The Jaeger tach and speedo are ideally situated ahead of the driver, while auxiliary dials are arranged neatly in the center of the dash for that classic, 1960s aircraft-inspired layout. Instruments and controls appear to be a mix of original and restored items and in very good order.
The numbers-matching Buick 3.5-liter V8 is very tidy and well-presented under the hood, featuring numerous period-appropriate details and accessories. The robust Buick running gear and Italian chassis combine to create a genuinely outstanding GT car worthy of taking on its thoroughbred counterparts from Europe. Aside from its beautiful styling, we love the Apollo GT's combination of rarity, performance, and comfort. Off-the-shelf mechanical components make it an ideal choice for rallies like the Copperstate 1000 or California Mille. This beautiful example benefits from quality restoration and is ready to enjoy on the road.
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