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The Monteverdi 375/4 Was A 150 MPH Swiss Super Sedan
« on: June 14, 2022, 08:26:50 am »
The Monteverdi 375/4 Was A 150 MPH Swiss Super Sedan

The Detroit horsepower war of the 1950s and 1960s didnít only give American drivers access to supercar performance for sensible money. It gave Europeís boutique carmakers the chance to endow their own cars with the power they couldnít afford to create from scratch.

While Ferrari, Maserati, and Lamborghini had the means to build their own exotic high performance V8 and V12 engines from scratch, many more, including AC, Bristol, Facel Jensen, Iso, Gordon Keeble, De Tomaso, and Monteverdi knew that a phone call to Ford, Chrysler or GM was a relatively cheap fix for their power needs.



As they were for Bristol and Jensen, Chrysler engines were Peter Monteverdiís favorite tonic. The successful Swiss car dealer created a series of fast and glamorous coupes and sedans from the late 1960s to the mid-1970s, commissioning Italian coachbuilders like Frua and Fissore to design and build the chassis and bodies, which were then fitted with big-block Chrysler power.

Some of those cars were lucky enough to receive Chryslerís legendary 426 Hemi, but most, like this 375/4 sedan from 1974, which was named after its gross power output (375 hp/380 PS) and the number of doors, came with a 440 cu-in (7.2-liter) that made slightly fewer horses than the 425 hp (431 PS) Hemi, but generated almost as much torque, and was less likely to go out of tune.



Monteverdi quoted 6.9 seconds for the zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) sprint and a top speed of around 155 mph (250 km/h) according to an article on Classic Driver, which, if true, probably made the 375/4 faster than any other four-door on the planet when it first appeared in 1970, Benzís mighty 450 SEL 6.9 included.

Sadly, the early 1970s oil crisis wasnít very helpful for people like Peter Monteverdi trying to sell cars with single-digit fuel economy. Rich people might always be able to afford gas no matter how high prices climb, but they donít like waiting around to get it. Series production ended in 1973, although you could still have cars built to order into the mid-1970s. Classic Driver suggests between 28-35 examples of the 375/4 were built in total, though no one seems to know for sure.



The car seen here is being offered by auction house Bonhams in July, but youíll have more than the price of gas to worry about if you make it yours. Believed to have been on static display for a decade, itís going to need some recommissioning before itís ready to roll. Unfortunately, thereís not much info available on this particular example though it has spent time in the Middle East, and a plaque on the dash says it was ďrebuilt 1983, imported to USA January 1986.Ē

Itís up for grabs at the Gstaad, Switzerland, sale without a reserve and has an estimate of 80-140,000 CHF ($82-143,000). Or, at the same event, and for fractionally less money (70-110,000 CHF/$72-113,000) you could buy a mechanically similar but even prettier Monteverdi 375S, the sedanís coupe sister, this one previously owned by Jay Leno (pictured above). Which would you pick?








Link: https://www.carscoops.com/2022/06/the-monteverdi-375-4-was-a-150-mph-chrysler-v8-powered-swiss-super-sedan/
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Re: The Monteverdi 375/4 Was A 150 MPH Swiss Super Sedan
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2022, 08:49:31 am »
I recall that era when several European marques used NA V8s to transform some of their models into muscle cars.  A friend of mine had a Jenson Interceptor with the 440 high deck big block Chrysler engine.  It worked amazing well as a muscle car but the "high deck" low hood/bonnet didn't fair too well with the heat generated from the big block.  The paint cracked and blistered and, eventually, fell off.  Still it was an amazingly fun car and the paint issue could easily be resolved.
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Re: The Monteverdi 375/4 Was A 150 MPH Swiss Super Sedan
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2022, 03:07:08 pm »
I recall that era when several European marques used NA V8s to transform some of their models into muscle cars.  A friend of mine had a Jenson Interceptor with the 440 high deck big block Chrysler engine.  It worked amazing well as a muscle car but the "high deck" low hood/bonnet didn't fair too well with the heat generated from the big block.  The paint cracked and blistered and, eventually, fell off.  Still it was an amazingly fun car and the paint issue could easily be resolved.

Yes, and it made perfect sense since the only performance engines you could get in Europe at the time were from Ferrari and Lamborghini essentially. Aston Martin and Mercedes-Benz made V8s, but these were more luxury-tuned and later when the 300SEL 6.3 came out I donít think Mercedesí would have sold excess production capacity motors to another [no name] brand.

In the US at the time V8s were plentiful and powerful. Thus it made perfect sense for brands like Monteverdi or Facel-Vega to source these engines.
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