In the 1960s, many independent European manufacturers saw the potential of American V8 power to create luxury Grand Tourers that could compete with established brands like Ferrari, Maserati, and Aston Martin. Brands like AC, Jensen, Facel, and Iso, as well as Swiss BMW dealer Peter Monteverdi, ventured down this path, utilizing Chrysler engines and transmissions in their sports and GT cars.
The first of Monteverdi’s creations in 1967 was the High Speed 375S, a two-seater coupe featuring a body designed by Pietro Frua, initially built by Frua before production shifted to Carrozzeria Fissore in 1969.
Monteverdi’s tubular spaceframe chassis featured double-wishbone independent front suspension and a De Dion rear axle. Customers had the option of selecting either a 7.0-liter (375bhp) or a 7.2-liter (450bhp) ‘Hemi’ V8 engine, both capable of propelling the car to speeds in excess of 150mph. The interior provided first-class accommodations for both front and rear seat occupants, exuding an aura of opulence.
In 1969, a 2+2 version, the 375L, was added to the lineup. Production of these meticulously crafted and lavishly equipped vehicles continued in limited numbers until the mid-1970s, when Monteverdi faced challenges due to the energy crisis and US Federal auto regulations, making them a rare find today.