The 1970 Monteverdi Hai is a mythical supercar. Designed by Peter Monteverdi, assisted by Fissore, it combined the raw power of Chrysler ‘Hemi’ engines with mid-engine style that was designed to compete with Lamborghini, at the time the only real supercar with such an engine configuration. Of course, there’s a good reason few people have ever heard of the Monteverdi Hai; although it was on the price lists until 1977, only 2 are rumored to have been sold! Compared to the Lamborghini Miura, this was a crude automobile: the massive engine intruded in the passenger compartment, and its handling was difficult, particularly in the wet.
While the Monteverdi Hai certainly lacked driving refinement, it didn’t lack power: its 7-liter Chrysler V8 produced 450 horsepower, and are thought to have pushed the sports car to a top speed of 169 miles per hour, although that figure has not been certified. Similarly, no acceleration figures are available, but we can reasonably expect them to be red-hot.
Besides being a very unruly car with little in the way of extra room (no spare tire!), the Hai was a remarkably well-equipped car, with disc brakes, independent suspension and air conditioning (standard). When everything is weighed in, however, it’s not a surprise that the 1970 Monteverdi Hai sold so poorly.