Monteverdi Hai 450 SS, 1970. This magenta-coloured prototype was shown at the Geneva Motor Show 50 years ago. It was powered by a mid-mounted 450hp 6,974cc Chrysler V8. Though several other prototypes were made the Hai never made it into series production.
It is difficult to remember how striking that car was in 1970. I still have a pavlovian response to the name Monteverdi Hai as it was widely photographed and young magazine readers remember shapes like that!
I most definitely share mjl-love’s pavlovian reaction to this car — and from the very first moment I laid eyes on it, too.