1970 Monteverdi Hai

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.

1970 Monteverdi Hai
1970 Monteverdi Hai

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.

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