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About Monteverdi

Monteverdi was a Swiss brand of luxury cars created in 1967 by Peter Monteverdi (1934 - 1998) and based in Binningen near Basel, Switzerland.

History

During the late 1950s and early 1960s Monteverdi built, sold and raced a number of "specials" while at the same time developing the motor vehicle repair business founded by his father into a major dealership handling Ferrari, BMW and Lancia marques.

By 1967, he had decided to undertake series production of exclusive high performance luxury sports and touring cars. The first model, the 2-seater Monteverdi High Speed 375S coupé, was launched at that years Frankfurt Motor Show and received very positive reviews. The car used a heavy and simple steel frame provided by Stahlbau Muttenz GmbH with an aluminium body designed by Pietro Frua. It looked quite similar to other Frua creations of that time, particularly the Maserati Mistral Coupé and the British AC 428. There are rumours that all the three shared some details like windows etc. The elegant looking car was powered by a 7.2  Litre Chrysler V8 engine delivering up to 375 bhp (according to SAE standards) and had a luxurious interior finished to the highest standards. Eleven copies of the Frua-designed Monteverdi coupé were built from 1968 to 1969, then the alliance of Monteverdi and Frua split in anger. Not long before, Frua had built two 2+2 coupés with a stretched wheelbase. One of them was presented as Monteverdi 375/L, the other one stayed for some years at Frua before, in 1971, it was slightly modified and sold to AC where it was presented as a one-off AC 428.

In 1969, Monteverdi choose the small Carozzeria Fissore for further collaboration. Fissore re-designed the 375 Coupé and built the bodies that where delivered to Monteverdi where the cars were finally assembled. Now, the car has square lines but still elegant proportions. The 2+2 form became the standard model but subsequently other body styles were offered. First, there was a short wheelbase 2 seat coupé called the 375/S and - on the same short wheelbase - a drophead dubbed the 375/C. Those cars are extremely rare nowadays. Soon, Monteverdi also offered a massive sedan called 375/4 and about 30 were built. Other variations on the same theme were the 1974 Berlinetta with a different front styling and Triumph TR6 tail lights and another convertible, called Palm Beach. This car is said to be the rarest Monteverdi, only two being made.

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2-door
2-seat
V8 16v 7.2L OHV M-5
283.4 kW / 380.0 hp / 380.0 hp  651.0 N·m / 480.2 lb·ft / 480.2 lb·ft
   

Monteverdi Hai 375 SS (1970)

2-door 2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve V engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 7206 cm3 / 439.7 cu in / 439.7 cu in, 283.4 kW / 380.0 hp / 380.0 hp @ 4600 rpm / 4600 rpm / 4600 rpm, 651.0 N·m / 480.2 lb·ft / 480.2 lb·ft @ 3200 rpm / 3200 rpm / 3200 rpm, manual 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 272 km/h / 169 mph / 169 mph top speed

2-door
2-seat
V8 16v 7.0L OHV M-5
290.8 kW / 390.0 hp / 390.0 hp  586.0 N·m / 432.2 lb·ft / 432.2 lb·ft
   

Monteverdi Hai 450 GTS (1973)

2-door 2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve V engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 6974 cm3 / 425.6 cu in / 425.6 cu in, 290.8 kW / 390.0 hp / 390.0 hp @ 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm, 586.0 N·m / 432.2 lb·ft / 432.2 lb·ft @ 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm, manual 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 280 km/h / 174 mph / 174 mph top speed

2-door
  
S8   7.0L         
331.0 kW / 443.9 hp / 443.9 hp        
   

Monteverdi Hai 450 GTS (1974)

2-door convertible (cabriolet), petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder straight (inline) engine, 6972 cm3 / 425.5 cu in / 425.5 cu in, 331.0 kW / 443.9 hp / 443.9 hp @ 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm, rear wheel drive

2-door
  
S8   7.0L         
331.0 kW / 443.9 hp / 443.9 hp        
   

Monteverdi Hai 450 GTS (1975)

2-door convertible (cabriolet), petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder straight (inline) engine, 6974 cm3 / 425.6 cu in / 425.6 cu in, 331.0 kW / 443.9 hp / 443.9 hp @ 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm, rear wheel drive

2-door
  
S8   7.0L         
331.0 kW / 443.9 hp / 443.9 hp        
   

Monteverdi Hai 450 GTS (1976)

2-door convertible (cabriolet), petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder straight (inline) engine, 6974 cm3 / 425.6 cu in / 425.6 cu in, 331.0 kW / 443.9 hp / 443.9 hp @ 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm, rear wheel drive

2-door
  
S8   7.0L         
331.0 kW / 443.9 hp / 443.9 hp        
   

Monteverdi Hai 450 GTS (1977)

2-door convertible (cabriolet), petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder straight (inline) engine, 6974 cm3 / 425.6 cu in / 425.6 cu in, 331.0 kW / 443.9 hp / 443.9 hp @ 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm, rear wheel drive

2-door
  
S8   7.0L         
331.0 kW / 443.9 hp / 443.9 hp        
   

Monteverdi Hai 450 GTS (1978)

2-door convertible (cabriolet), petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder straight (inline) engine, 6973 cm3 / 425.5 cu in / 425.5 cu in, 331.0 kW / 443.9 hp / 443.9 hp @ 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm, rear wheel drive

2-door
2-seat
V8 16v 7.0L OHV M-5
290.8 kW / 390.0 hp / 390.0 hp  586.0 N·m / 432.2 lb·ft / 432.2 lb·ft
   

Monteverdi Hai 450 SS (1970)

2-door 2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve V engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 6974 cm3 / 425.6 cu in / 425.6 cu in, 290.8 kW / 390.0 hp / 390.0 hp @ 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm, 586.0 N·m / 432.2 lb·ft / 432.2 lb·ft @ 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm, manual 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 290 km/h / 180 mph / 180 mph top speed

2-door
2-seat
V8 32v 3.5L DOHC M-6
478.0 kW / 641.0 hp / 641.0 hp        
   

Monteverdi Hai 650 F1 (1992)

2-door 2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 32-valve V engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 3500 cm3 / 213.6 cu in / 213.6 cu in, 478.0 kW / 641.0 hp / 641.0 hp @ 11000 rpm / 11000 rpm / 11000 rpm, manual 6-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 333 km/h / 207 mph / 207 mph top speed

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