1966 Innocenti Coupe


by Michael Satterfield

The Innocenti C Coupe is one of the rarest coach-built cars based on the Austin Healey Sprite built by Innocenti. From 1965-1968 just 487 were built by Italian coachbuilder OSI. The car was the first design of American designer Tom Tjaarda, who would go on to design such notable cars like the Ferrari 365 GT California, Chevrolet Corvette Rondine, and Aston Martin Lagonda Coupé. In addition to the C Coupe, Innocenti also offered the more popular Spider, of which nearly 7,000 were made.

Under the Italian skin the firewall, floor pan, and running gear were all Austin Healey Sprite, including the A-Series engine which would start at 948cc on the early models and grow with it's Austin Healy siblings to 1098cc by 1963. Beyond the drivetrain, the car has all the charm and style of much more expensive Italian cars from the early 60's with Veglia gauges just like a Ferrari.

This particular Innocenti C is being offered by a dealer in Illinois, an unusual car for the United States with a listed price of  $39,995 making it a bargain in today's classic sports car market.

Check out the original listing on Hemmings.