Most people agree that electronic vehicles are the future of the automobile. With this change it is possible in 20-30 years that it will start to become difficult to find a gas station as we know it now. The question is if this happens just how do we keep these cool rides on the road?
This video of Jay Leno’s Garage show his 1963 Jaguar XKE. The car is pretty much all original. The car was a one owner car that for the most part Jay will be keeping original. The car has its original running gear and electronics and all the electronics, including the clock works.
The video show Jay giving a tour of the car and shows just how clean this original car was. Jay will be doing some minor work on the car, but basically try to keep it original. After giving the tour Jay takes it on the road to show just how much fun this old Jag is to drive.
Hai means shark in German and the color is called Purple Smoke both fitting names for such a terrific car.
Peter Monteverdi founded Automobiles Monteverdi Ltd. in 1967 in Basel, Switzerland. Of the many models produced by Monteverdi the Hai 450 SS is the most sought after and the rarest of them all.
The Hai 450 SS prototype was intended to compete with leading sports cars such as Ferrari, Lamborghini and
Maserati and was introduced at the 1970 Geneva Auto Show.
A Chrysler 425.6 cid V8 positioned behind the driver powered the Hai. The beautiful body was styled by Trevor Fiore, of Carozzeria Fissore. Top speed is 180 MPH and zero to 60 MPH takes only 4.9 seconds.
A second Hai was made with a longer wheelbase and minor cosmetic detail changes and was named the Hai 450 GTS.
Monteverdi had planned to make forty-nine examples of the Hai, but production was stopped after the two prototypes were made probably because of the high cost of this car. The list price was $26,000, which was a lot of money in 1970.
Many years later two replicas were made from spare parts. Monteverdi ceased car production in 1984 and the factory was converted into a museum in 1985.
This Monteverdi Hai 450 SS prototype sold at auction in Monterey, California in August 2012 for $577,500. Seems like a bargain.
Mike Gulett is the publisher of the classic car blog, My Car Quest.