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MONTEVERDI HIGH SPEED 375/4

Year:
1977
Country of Manufacture:
Switzerland     Vin #: 3118
Model Type: 4 Door Sedan
Body Designer: Peter Monteverdi / Fissore
Engine: Chrysler 440 Magnum 7.2 Liter V8 (7206)
Horsepower: 375 bhp SAE at 4600 rpm
Torque: 480 lb SAE at 3200 rpm
Transmission: Torqueflight 3-Speed Automatic
Suspension:
Front- Independent, parallel wishbones, coil springs, adjustable Koni shock absorbers, and stabilizer bar.
Rear- de Dion tube, Watt linkage, parallel upper and lower trailing radius arms, coil springs, adjustable Koni shock absorbers.
Brakes:
Front- ATE ventilated discs
Rear- ATE ventilated discs
Top Speed: 143 mph

History: Peter Monteverdi constructed his first car when he was 17 years old. While still in his twenties, he formed his own racing team, MBM (Monteverdi Binningen Motors), and he competed successfully in many international events piloting his own cars. A near fatal crash in a Porsche powered Formula 1 MBM ended his career. In the early sixties, Monteverdi developed a very successful business distributing Ferrari’s, Lancia, BMW and Rolls Royce. However, following a disagreement with Enzo Ferrari, at age 33, he decided to design his own Gran Turismo. This car is a 4-door luxury Limousine utilizing the basic front and rear design elements of the 375L 2+2 coupe but with a 20.4 inch extension to the wheelbase, thus allowing the addition of 2 extra doors and ample legroom. The 4 door 375/4 Limousines were purchased almost exclusively by Arab oil sheiks and this particular car belonged to the Royal family of Qatar, who reportedly still have 5 in their stable and use them for everyday transportation. This car is one of 2 in this series owned by this enthusiast. Other Monteverdi models owned over the years include the Hai (mid engined supercar), the first and second series 2 seater GT's, the 375S and 375SS, the 375L (2+2), and the later 4 door sedan, the Sierra. Peter Monteverdi died in 1998 at age 65 years.

Production: Actual production numbers for this model are vague, as Monteverdi only released production numbers for cars made through 1973 when series production ceased and the 375/4 could only be custom ordered. There were 13 375/4’s built between 1971 and 1973. The last car carrying Vin # 3128 was built in 1978, so the assumption is that a total of 28 cars were built.

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