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1973 Monteverdi Hai 450 GTS

1973 Monteverdi Hai 450 GTS

1973 Monteverdi Hai 450 GTS


22-year old Peter Monteverdi took over the Swiss repair shop of his father in 1956. As an F1 racing driver and manufacturer, he became acquainted with Enzo Ferrari, and was awarded a franchise, but he aspired to build a luxury car under his own name.

In 1967, he drew the attention of the industry with the successful launch of the Monteverdi High Speed 375 S at Geneva. Years later the Hai 450 SS, with its mid-mounted Hemi enigne, was planned to be its radical successor, but this car and couple other examples could not compete with the likes of Lamborghini Countach, Maserati and Ferrari.

After the initial 450 SS, a longer wheelbase car was made and known as the 450 GTS. The first of these had a 390 bhp 440 Magnum. The Hai was reminiscent of the De Tomaso Mangusta and Ferrari BB and it was the only mid-engine Monteverdi until the company released the Hai 650 F1 in 1992.

Only two original 450s were made, and two later reproductions in the 1980s. As part of the ‘100 years of Swiss coachwork’ display at the 2005 Geneva Auto Salon, the Monteverdi museum brought out one of their reproductions.

Story by Geneva PALExpo

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
engine Chrysler Hemi V8
position Mid, Longitudinal
displacement 6974 cc / 425.6 in³
power 335.6 kw / 450 bhp
specific output 64.53 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 348.84 bhp per tonne
torque 664.35 nm / 490 ft lbs @ 4000 rpm
driven wheels RWD
front brakes ATE Vented Discs
f brake size mm / in
rear brakes ATE Vented Discs
r brake size mm / in
f suspension Wishbones
r suspension Wishbones
curb weight 1290 kg / 2844 lbs
wheelbase 2610 mm / 102.8 in
front track 1500 mm / 59.1 in
rear track 1460 mm / 57.5 in
length 4370 mm / 172.0 in
width 1793 mm / 70.6 in
height 1090 mm / 42.9 in
transmission ZF 5-Speed Manual
gear ratios :1
top speed ~289.7 kph / 180 mph
0 – 60 mph ~4.9 seconds