One of the lesser known American sports cars, the Apollo 5000GT, was built between 1962 and 1965 in Oakland, California. The story of the 5000GT actually began back in 1959, when Frank Reisner, a former chemical engineer born in Hungary, raised in Canada, and educated in America, set up a shop in Turin, Italy to produce tuning kits for Renaults, Peugeots, and Simcas. The shop was known as Intermeccanica. In 1960, Reisner met Milt Brown, a young California engineer who wanted to build an American GT that would rival European offerings from Aston Martin and Ferrari. Looking for a coachbuilder for his project, Brown struck a deal with Intermeccanica, which began making bodies for the 5000GT in 1962.