It’s no secret that Ferrari is preparing the first ever Purosangue crossover and will introduce it in the coming years. But few people know that the first attempt to create a Ferrari SUV was made 50 years ago, reports TopZhyr.
Off-road Ferrari wanted a famous American car collector William Harra. He owned a casino network in Nevada and needed a fast and practical car. But Enzo Ferrari flatly refused to fulfill the unusual order of a millionaire.
Then Harra turned to local American tuners for help and in 1969 they created an unusual hybrid of a Ferrari 365 GT coupe and a frame Jeep Wagoneer. They called it a miracle Jerrari.
The car looked very unusual, because Jeep, roughly speaking, stuck the front of the Ferrari. The Italian coupe also became the donor of the 4.4-liter 320-horsepower V12, a 5-speed manual transmission and a number of interior parts.
William Harra used the SUV until 1977, and then decided to make himself a new Jerrari. From the first Jerrari removed the V12 and rearranged it into a regular Jeep Wagoneer. This time, the design of the SUV was not touched – unless the hood was extended to fit the motor. Although the cabin still has a new instrument panel and Ferrari steering wheel.
Today, the first Jerrari is equipped with a 5.7-liter V8 Chevrolet and is in a private collection. The second SUV became an exhibit at Harrah’s Nevada Car Museum.