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Monteverdi Reviews

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.

Good: Elegant looking grand tourer, and a fractio of the cost of a Ferrari Daytona, or even a Maserati Ghibli
Bad: Lack of heritage might put some off
Good: Phenomenal performance, fabulously rare, dramatic mid-engined styling
Bad: Some would say it has tricky handling; although few have found out for themselves
Good: Fabulously rare, smart styling, luxurious interior, available with 7.2-litre Chrysler V8
Bad: Fabulous thirst, too...
Good: Surprisingly good-looking, clean-cut saloon, with simple, easy to fix underpinnings
Bad: Lacked sophistication and performance compared with its rivals
Good: Good off-road, effortless V8 power
Bad: Body engineering lacking in quality, styling nearly unaltered from its donor vehicle