The Montverdi 375/4 was a 150 mph Swiss Super Sedan


The Detroit Horsepower War of the 1950s and 1960s did not only give American drivers access to supercar performances for discretionary money. This has given European boutique carmakers the opportunity to give their own cars the power they can’t build from scratch.

Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini had their own way to build their own high performance V8 and V12 engines from scratch, including AC, Bristol, Facel Jensen, Iso, Gordon Keeble, De Tomaso and Monteverdi. Had a relatively inexpensive fix for their electricity demand.

Since they were for Bristol and Jensen, Chrysler engines were Peter Montverdi’s favorite tonic. The successful Swiss car dealer built a number of fast and furious coupes and sedans from the late 1960s to the mid-1970s, commissioning Italian coachbuilders like Frua and Fisor to design and build the chassis and body, which was then with the big-block Chrysler. Was planted. Power

Some of these cars were lucky enough to get the Chrysler Legend 426 Hemi, but most, like this 1974 375/4 sedan, which was named after its gross power output (375 hp / 380 PS) and number of doors, 440 cu-in. (7.2-liter) which produced 425 hp (431 PS) slightly less horsepower than the Hemi, but produced almost as much torque, and was less likely to go out of tune.

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According to an article in Classic Driver, Monteverdi quoted a maximum speed of 6.9 seconds for a sprint from zero to 62 miles (100 km / h) and a speed of about 155 miles per hour (250 km / h), which, if true, probably made 375/4 in 1970 when When it first appeared, Benz’s powerful 450 SEL 6.3 was included, faster than any of the other four gates on the planet.

Sadly, the oil crisis of the early 1970s was not very helpful to people like Peter Montevardi who tried to sell cars with a single-digit fuel economy. Wealthy people can always afford gas no matter what, but they do not like to wait for it. Series production ended in 1973, although you can still build cars to order until the mid-1970s. Classic driver A total of 28-35 examples were created out of 375/4, although no one seems to know for sure.

The car seen here is being offered by Auction House Bonhams In July, however, you have to worry more about the price of gas than if you own it. Having been on a static display for over a decade, it is believed that some reconstruction will be needed before it is ready to roll. Unfortunately, not much information is available in this particular example, although it has spent time in the Middle East, and a dash blade states that it was “rebuilt in 1983, USA imported in January 1986.”

It will be sold in Gstaad, Switzerland, without a reserve, at an estimated cost of 80-140,000 CHF ($ 82-143,000). Or, at the same event, and for partially less money (70-110,000 CHF / $ 72-113,000) you can buy a mechanically similar but even beautiful Montevardi 375S sedan coupe sister, it was previously owned by Jay Leno (pictured above). Which one would you choose?

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