1970 Monteverdi 375L Coupé  Chassis no. 2030R
Lot 208
1970 Monteverdi 375L
Sold for £57,500 (US$ 76,820) inc. premium

Lot Details
1970 Monteverdi 375L Coupé  Chassis no. 2030R 1970 Monteverdi 375L Coupé  Chassis no. 2030R 1970 Monteverdi 375L Coupé  Chassis no. 2030R 1970 Monteverdi 375L Coupé  Chassis no. 2030R 1970 Monteverdi 375L Coupé  Chassis no. 2030R 1970 Monteverdi 375L Coupé  Chassis no. 2030R 1970 Monteverdi 375L Coupé  Chassis no. 2030R
1970 Monteverdi 375L Coupé
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Fissore

Registration no. HGU 854J
Chassis no. 2030R
• Hand built, limited edition Swiss GT car
• Rare right-hand drive example
• Present ownership since 1995
• An older restoration

Footnotes

  • During the 1960s, American V8 power was seen by many independent European manufacturers as a means of creating a luxury Grand Tourer to compete with the more exotica offerings of long-established firms like Ferrari, Maserati, and Aston Martin. AC, Jensen, Facel, and Iso among others all went down this route, as did Swiss BMW dealer Peter Monteverdi, who used Chrysler engines and transmissions for his sports and GT cars. Launched in 1967, the first of these was the 375, a two-seater coupé featuring a Fissore-built body styled by Pietro Frua. Monteverdi's tubular spaceframe chassis employed double-wishbone independent front suspension and a De Dion rear axle, and customers could choose between 7.0-litre (375bhp) and 7.2-litre (450bhp) 'Hemi' V8s, either of which was good for 150mph-plus performance. Interior appointments were first class for both front and rear seat occupants, and the whole car possessed an aura of opulence. A 2+2 version - the 375L - was added to the range in 1969. Production of these hand built and supremely well equipped cars continued in strictly limited numbers until the mid-1970s, when the energy crisis and US Federal auto legislation dealt a major blow to Monteverdi, resulting in their rarity today.

    A 7.2-litre 375L model equipped with automatic transmission, this rare right-hand drive Monteverdi coupé was completed during the winter of 1970 and delivered new in May 1971 to Mr L P March of Wardour Street, London W1 (see letter from the Monteverdi Automuseum on file). In October 1995, the Monteverdi was offered for sale at Brooks' Earls Court auction (Lot 25) where it was purchased by the current vendor. Prior to sale the car had benefited from extensive restoration by Duncan Hamilton Ltd: the engine being overhauled, new door skins fitted, a re-spray carried out, and the interior re-upholstered in red-piped black leather. Other works have been carried out subsequently, as evidenced by bills on file dating from the late 1990s totalling thousands of pounds. The car has been unused since the early 2000s, since when it has been kept garaged. Additional documentation consists of MoT certificates, including the most recent pass on the 11th October 2017, a V5C Registration Certificate, and a quantity of photocopied Monteverdi-related literature. A wonderful opportunity to acquire one of these rare, limited edition Swiss Gran Turismos.

Saleroom notices

  • The early 1990s mechanical and coachwork restoration was undertaken by Geoff Harris of Reading and SCS Coachworks of Woking respectively, and as evidenced in the accompanying history file. It is likely Duncan Hamilton and Co., Monteverdi UK's distributor, oversaw this work.
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