Italian Designers Create Shelby Cobra-Inspired Puritalia 427

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If Carroll Shelby had been an Italian designer, his famed Shelby Cobra 427 might have looked something like this. The Puritalia 427 is an Italian take on the famous muscular roadster. The sultry car isn't just a design study, as the company hints it will put the model into limited production.

"We decided to design and engineer the 427 simply because a similar car doesn't exist," explains company founder Paolo Parente. "Simplicity was the idea behind the development of the true two-seat sports car."

The creation of the dramatic roadster began two years ago, when Puritalia hired designer Fabio Ferrante. He paid tribute to Carroll Shelby's enduring design with long-hood proportions, but the Puritalia 427 is clearly an Italian design. The swooping nose and large circular headlights call to mind the Alfa Romeo 4C concept, while the elegantly rounded rear haunches are far more dramatic than the original Shelby Cobra. Parallelogram-shaped exhausts exit in front of each rear wheel.

The aluminum chassis houses a Ford-sourced 5.0-liter V-8 producing 445 hp in normal guise, and 605 hp if equipped with a supercharger. (The Cobra's 427 designation referred to its engine displacement of 7.0 liters; Puritalia apparently is unconcerned with accuracy and content to use a 302 cubic-inch engine.) A six-speed manual transmission and limited-slip differential transmit power to the rear wheels. Puritalia's roadster has independent suspension, Brembo brakes, and Pirelli PZero tires mounted on wide wheels measuring 19 inches in front, 20 inches at back. As the car is said to weigh just 2403 pounds, performance should be impressive.

Puritalia also makes one very unique claim: "The only electric motor is for the wipers." If that's true, we suppose that means the 427 is offered without a CD player, electric power steering, air conditioner, or heater. The claim could, however, just be a way of drawing attention to the fact that this sports car still has a big V-8 engine under the hood, and not a hybrid powertrain.

The Italian company claims it can build any car its customers desire, so a few lucky drivers will be able to get behind the wheel of the 427. "Our cars are handmade in limited series, leveraging Italian traditional craftsmanship skills," says the company's website. For now, neither pricing nor an on-sale date have been announced.

Source: Puritalia Automobili

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