The Intermeccanica Murena resulted from a brief foray into the world of car making by two Americans, M. Charles Schwendler and Jospeh Vos. The two men planned to build the fastest and most luxurious station wagon (shooting brake in Europe) that the world had ever seen with styling that no one would ever forget. They succeeded on all three points. However, the unique styling wasn’t well-received in 1969, and the doubled price tag of a new Porsche 911 resulted in very slow sales. By the time the company folded in 1970, just ten had been sold.
The Murena was taken care of by Intermeccanica in Italy; each body was individually coach, built from steel by Italian specialists, and given an American powertrain – specifically the 429 cu. in. (7 litre) V8 from the Ford Thunderbird and the accompanying 3-speed automatic transmission.
This engine turns out 360 bhp at 4,600 rpm 480 ft-lbs of torque at 2,800 rpm, the vehicle's weight is 3770 lbs, the 0-62 mph time is 7.5 seconds, and the 1/4 mile time is 15.5 seconds. These were respectable times for a luxurious four-seater with ample luggage space and air-conditioning in 1969.