In Or Out? 13

Yes, I have used the number 13 in a post title. After reflecting on yesterday’s “anniversary” I have decided to make an effort not to be controlled by random variables, by certain numbers. We’ll see how long I can manage.

Oh, WordPress did not eliminate the Classic Editor, but a glitch meant I could not access it in the manner to which I had become accustomed. The day that this platform does remove the classic option is the day I stop blogging.


This edition of In Or Out? is a hybrid. No, not a gas/electric hybrid, but a car in the original meaning of the word in an automotive context: a car with a European body and an American drivetrain. From a picture of a 1967 Monteverdi 375-S:


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When I was a teenager these may have been my absolute favorite cars. This 375 is from the first year of production with the body by Frua and not a later one with a body by Fissore.

Peter Monteverdi was a Swiss car builder, no doubt inspired by his father who repaired cars and trucks. He later became the top Swiss dealer of imported exotic cars like Ferrari and Rolls-Royce. Monteverdi was involved in Formula One racing, mainly as a builder in the late 1950s and early 1960s, but actually raced once although he retired after just a couple of laps.

The Monteverdi cars like the 375 were powered by a Chrysler drivetrain, a 440 cubic-inch V-8 producing 375 HP, but 480 LB-FT of torque and mated to a three-speed Torqueflite automatic transmission. The cars were actually called the High Speed 375.

In the picture it’s difficult to get a sense of the size and proportion of the car. The 375 was built on a truck-gauge steel frame with an aluminum body and had only a 98-inch wheelbase. That’s the same as the second-generation BMW Z4, which is not a big car. That wheelbase length is also the same as the second- and third-generation Corvettes.

Supposedly, the fit and finish of these cars was superb. Monteverdi’s experience in selling Rolls-Royce must have influenced such attention to detail.

OK, kind people…the Monteverdi High Speed 375, In Or Out?






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12 thoughts on “In Or Out? 13

  1. In for sure.

    And if finances allowed for its purchase, it would be parked next to a Jensen Interceptor.


    1. Thanks for casting the first vote today, DDM. 1-0 In for the Monteverdi High Speed 375.

      The Interceptor was also among my favorite cars when I was a teenager. I don’t like the styling quite as much now as I did then, but I still like the car and, as you no doubt know, it was also powered by a Chrysler drivetrain.


  2. Ok this one is an in for me. The Chrysler drive train makes it a winner. I would park the Corvette outside to put that one under cover.


  3. To go along with the slang of that time, my vote is In Like Flint. James Coburn was Flint in the James Bond knock off films. I preferred him as Britt in The Magnificent Seven.

    I searched out the Monteverdi to see the car at other angles, and was rewarded with a very eye-appealing car. I can see why you were enchanted with it as a youth.


    1. Thanks for the James Coburn reference. I remember he was paid some extraordinary sum for uttering the words “Schlitz Lite” in a commercial.

      4-0 In for the Monteverdi.


  4. I’m in. I’m a fan of many if not most of those cars with sexy Italian bodies and American powerplants. This would look fantastic parked next to an Iso Grifo.


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