The existence of Monteverdi is clear proof that Switzerland isn't entirely a nation of car-haters. This performance marque was formed in 1967 by Basel garage owner Peter Monteverdi to put his Chrysler V8-engined GT cars into production. Encouraging sales made the company hungry for expansion and it launched the mid-engined Hai as a Ferrari and Lamborghini pretender in 1970. Brave, but only two were built.
Monteverdi moved to restyling existing cars, such as the Sierra (a Plymouth Volare) and the 4x4 Safari (an International Harvester Scout). The company called it a day in 1984 and ceased production, converting its factory into a car museum the following year.