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Old 02-20-2011, 06:27 PM   #41
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Default Re: Italian Body, American Bones.

My friend has a prototype Masseratti Bora with a Big Block Chevy engine in it... it was a California conversion that didn't make production but it's here in Wisconsin... funny thing is it weighs a couple pound less than original(?)!
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Old 02-20-2011, 06:53 PM   #42
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Bet you it goes three or four times as long between tuneups, not to mention rebuilds...
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Old 02-20-2011, 07:00 PM   #43
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Default Re: Italian Body, American Bones.

When I was in the Air Force stationed in England, one of my friends was notified that his father had died and he willed his estate to his son. It was quite a shock to my friend because he had never met his father (he actually did but did not know it was his father) when he went back to the states to settle the estate he found one of the things he inherited was a Bizzarrini that supposedly had belonged to the Shah of Iran and this guy won it in a Poker Game. Lost touch with the guy in 1988 and never heard much more about the story. I keep waiting for it to pop up at Barrett-Jackson or something like that.
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Old 02-21-2011, 07:59 AM   #44
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Default Re: Italian Body, American Bones.

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There were a number of these "hybrids" (as I refer to them) in the 50's, 60's and even into the 70's......
American V8's, European coachwork (mostly Italian). Chassis largely European but occasionally American.....

Car--Engine--Body
Dual-Ghia-Dodge-Ghia
Facel Vega-Chrysler-Facel
Gordon-Keeble-Chevy-Bertone
Intermeccanica-Chevy-Cumberford
Iso Rivolta-Chevy-Giugiaro/Bertone
Iso Grifo-Chevy-Giugiaro/Bertone
Bizzarrini-Chevy-Giugiaro/Bertone
Monteverdi-Chrysler-Fura
Shelby Cobra-Ford-Cobra
Sunbeam Tiger-Ford-Sunbeam
Cunningham C3-Chrysler-Vignale
Bristol-Chrysler-Bristol
MGB-GT V8-Rover(nee Buick)-MG
Fina Sport-Ford or Cadillac-Vignale
Cadillac-Cadillac-Pininfarina

I'm sure there were others but these are the major cars....
As I'm living in Switzerland, I have to add to this list one of the last (now defunct) genuine swiss car manufacturers: Monteverdi.

The company was founded by Peter Monteverdi and they produced luxury and sports cars from 1967 to 1984. Most of them were equipped with Chrysler V8 engines (426 Hemi, 440, ...).



Monteverdi Hai


Monteverdi Hai


Monteverdi 375
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Old 02-21-2011, 02:49 PM   #45
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As I'm living in Switzerland, I have to add to this list one of the last (now defunct) genuine swiss car manufacturers: Monteverdi.

The company was founded by Peter Monteverdi and they produced luxury and sports cars from 1967 to 1984. Most of them were equipped with Chrysler V8 engines (426 Hemi, 440, ...).



Monteverdi Hai


Monteverdi Hai


Monteverdi 375

Agreed!.......The Monteverdi was an elegant machine (I believe I mentioned the Monteverdi, but it's certainly worth repeating) that could easily be said exemplified the term Gran Turismo .....Chrysler engine IIRC and body Pietro Frua.................

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Old 03-14-2011, 03:12 PM   #46
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Before the Cobra, Carroll Shelby, Jim Hall and Gary Laughlin had three 1959 Corvette chassis bodied by Carrozzeria Scaglietti in Modena, Italy. The three Texans hoped to put the car into production but the powers at GM didn't think that was such a great idea. Only three were ever built, their aluminum bodies styled after the beautiful Ferrari Tour De France. When FoMoCo came out with their thin-wall V8, Shelby served up the idea again and the rest is history.
Great car! Some more info and images here: http://www.coachbuild.com/index.php?...2_itemId=36491
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Old 04-09-2011, 03:31 AM   #47
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sylvian has lots of shots of this stunning 1962 Dual Ghia in his profile here.
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That is my 1962 Ghia L 6.4 Coupe. All original with just 28,000 miles. Virgil Exner and Ghia had some good years together...










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Old 04-09-2011, 05:01 AM   #48
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^^^^^^^^^^^^ That is Beautiful.

Love the interior with matching luggage and the dash and centre console looks like something Jerry Anderson would have designed.

Lucky man, enjoy it.

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Old 04-09-2011, 06:58 AM   #49
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My personal favourite is the Jensen CV8, from the early to mid 60's, when the Jensen brothers were still running the show, prior to the Interceptor range. All ran Chrysler V8's, the CV8's ran 361-383, while the Interceptors ran 383-440 and apparently a handul of 426 hemis. Most ran 727 torqueflites, only a dozen or so manuals were ever built of either type. Theer was one prototype CV8 with the FF (formula fordson) all wheel drive, the system was fully developed for the Interceptors, the first production AWD passenger cars in the world.

The CV8 ran a factory designed fibreglass body over a centrally located tube chassis which also acted as the oil reserves. As a result, many of the 399 built are still on the road, no rust issues!

OK, pics....
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Old 09-18-2011, 10:04 PM   #50
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As I'm living in Switzerland, I have to add to this list one of the last (now defunct) genuine swiss car manufacturers: Monteverdi.

The company was founded by Peter Monteverdi and they produced luxury and sports cars from 1967 to 1984. Most of them were equipped with Chrysler V8 engines (426 Hemi, 440, ...).
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Here's another Monteverdi (1968). Chrysler 440-V8 / body by Frua. Great combination, excellent driver...









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Old 09-19-2011, 02:14 AM   #51
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That's me!!!...
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Old 09-19-2011, 04:23 AM   #52
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When ive seen the title i thought you were talkin about me dammit!

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sylvian has lots of shots of this stunning 1962 Dual Ghia in his profile here.
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That is my 1962 Ghia L 6.4 Coupe. All original with just 28,000 miles. Virgil Exner and Ghia had some good years together...









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Your car is beautiful in so many ways i duno what to say about it.
The Hudson Italia is nice beast too.
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Old 09-19-2011, 06:22 AM   #53
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Default Re: Italian Body, American Bones.

One of my 'dream cars' is the Jensen CV8. Pretty much hand built in England in the 60's, the early series had 360 Chryslers in them, the later ones 383's.
There were only 399 of them ever built, and many of them are still on the road due to fibreglass bodies and central tube chassis.

Then they went on to produce the Interceptors which you blokes would know, but by the the Jensen Brothers were gone.

They can still be bought for $30,000 or so, not bad for a rare, exotic car!

Cheers, Glen.
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Old 03-16-2012, 11:38 AM   #55
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I love every one of these cars but my favorite is the Facel Vega, I wish I had the cash money for one.
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Old 03-16-2012, 11:42 AM   #56
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