1967 Monteverdi High Speed 375 S
Like Jensen, Bizzarini, de Tomaso, and Intermeccanica, the Monteverdi High Speed 375 combined European elegance with an American heart. Specifically, it used the talents of F1 racing driver and manufacturer Peter Monteverdi with reliable power from Chrysler’s big-block V8.
As his first performance passenger car, and with little capital, Monteverdi brought the first High Speed 375 to the 1967 Geneva Show. Its Frua styling, brute power and luxurious appointments guaranteed Monteverdi ample orders.
Throughout the production run several interesting developments were laid upon the High Speed. Eventually, the 426-Hemi could be special ordered and body variants including the 375 L convertible, as well as a four-door became available. Bodies varied in subtle detail and some cars received very interesting Fissore designs.
Monteverdi’s plans didn’t end with the 375, and in 1973 the mid-engine Hai was released as an answer to the Ferrari BBLM and Lamborghini Miura. Despite making over a thousand 375s, the radical Hai was only made 3 or 4 times.
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|submitted by||Richard Owen|
|engine||Chrysler Magnum V8|
|displacement||7210 cc / 440 in³|
|power||279.6 kw / 375 bhp @ 4600 rpm|
|specific output||52.01 bhp per litre|
|torque||480 nm / 354.0 ft lbs @ 3200 rpm|
|body / frame||Steel Body over Steel Rectangular-Section Frame|
|front brakes||Girling Discs|
|f brake size||mm / in|
|rear brakes||Girling Discs|
|r brake size||mm / in|
|f suspension||Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Adj Koni Dampers|
|r suspension||De Dion Tube w/Coil Springs, Adj Koni Dampers|
|transmission||3-Speed Torque-Flite Automatic or 4-Speed Manual|
|top speed||~259.1 kph / 161 mph|