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Rare Rides: The Incredibly Rare 1981 Monteverdi Safari, an International Delight

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We’re again once more with extra Monteverdi at this time, and I’m decided the Rare Rides collection will cowl all of Monteverdi’s vehicular choices. European design, American energy, and Swiss consideration to element mixed with very excessive costs to make all the corporate’s fashions Rare Rides.

We’ve lined two earlier Monteverdi choices beforehand, within the 1970 Excessive Velocity 375/4 sedan, and the 1971 Excessive Velocity 375/L grand touring coupe. As we speak we head into luxurious SUV territory with the Safari.

Mister Monteverdi based his model within the mid-Sixties and started a product portfolio with the beforehand featured Excessive Velocity automobiles in two- and four-door varieties. However the Excessive Velocity line aged out of existence by the late Seventies, right down to a mix of fixing safety rules, emissions necessities, gradual gross sales, and (most painfully) the eventual discontinuation of the Monteverdi favourite Chrysler big-block V8.

Monteverdi wanted a brand new route, and quick. Turning away from the bespoke car market, Monteverdi issued a few all-new merchandise by the tip of the Seventies. Stated merchandise had been sourced from different automakers, rebodied, after which slathered with Swiss luxurious accouterments. The first of this new product route to debut was the Safari.

Proven on the Euro auto reveals in 1976, the Safari wore a boxy physique designed by Fissore – a reputation you could recall from the LaForza offered right here beforehand. Out there solely in three-door guise, all examples had been four-wheel drive and powered by the final of Chrysler’s 440 V8, the 318 V8 from the Dodge Diplomat, or the 345 V8 from International Harvester. In contrast to European SUVs of the time, the Safari was accessible solely as a three-speed automated.  The new Safari entered manufacturing in Switzerland in 1977.

That IH energy was a clue to Safari’s bones: At its coronary heart, the brand new luxurious SUV was a Scout II. Monteverdi was on the forefront of European luxurious SUV choices with Safari, as on the time the Vary Rover was nonetheless largely a bare-bones utility vehicle, and the G-Wagen didn’t but exist. Safari’s interior was trimmed in Switzerland, and the truck had the next stage of kit than Vary Rover. Accordingly, it was barely costlier than the Vary Rover, which made it the costliest SUV accessible. Distinctive within the class, Safari’s elective rear soar seats meant it sat six passengers in luxurious consolation.

As with all Monteverdi automobiles, the Safari targeted on efficiency. With the 318 V8, prime velocity was 103 miles per hour, and 0 to 62 took simply 13.1 seconds. The price of such efficiency was mirrored on the pump, the place a test instance from 1977 achieved 9.4 miles per gallon. Patrons of the 440 V8 model skilled a prime velocity of 124 miles per hour, and half the fuel financial system of the 318.

Monteverdi purchased up sufficient Scout chassis to proceed Safari manufacturing by way of 1982, although the Scout handed away after 1980. Safari was the final SUV providing from Monteverdi, but it surely received’t be the final time we current the model right here.

As we speak’s Rare Experience is a 1981 instance, powered by the IH V8. In restored situation, it’s for sale within the Netherlands for $60,000.

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