24 February 2015
Still a prototype, Puritalia Automobili’s 427 is a two-seater sports car that alludes to the classic lines of the American roadsters of the 1960s, enhanced by typically Italian attention to detail and style. The company was set up in 2011 on the initiative of Paolo Parente to produce limited series of cars built by hand using artisan techniques. The development of the 427 prototype took two and a half years of work by a team of engineers, technicians and highly specialized suppliers and a team of designers led by Fabio Ferrante. The phase of European type approval and the construction of a preproduction series for roadshows and international events are scheduled for 2015. Actual production is planned for 2016 and will be limited to just 427 vehicles, 250 of them for markets outside Europe. At the end of the production run, molds and specific equipment, apart from what is required to provide servicing and spare parts, will be destroyed. Parente describes it as a car whose refinement lies in its simplicity. And with sufficient power to offer drivers the experience of the racetrack on road. The 427 boasts 445 hp in the aspirated version and 605 hp in the supercharged one, and has a 6-speed manual transmission. It is not a concept car destined to remain such, but a possible response to a highly competitive market like the one for high-end cars.