It's been a while since we've heard anything about the Puritalia 427 Roadster, but with bespoke (read: backyard) manufacturers being a dime-a-dozen in Europe we're used to "concepts" never eventuating and brands evaporating.
But though it's been one and a half years since Puritalia released the first renderings of their 427, the Italian company has finally wheeled out the first example of its V8-powered drop top.
It's a prototype rather than a production car, but the real thing looks almost identical to Puritalia's concept sketches.
What lies beneath that grey primer? Puritalia claims there's an aluminium tub with chromoly steel tubular subframes and carbon fibre bodywork. Puritalia doesn't mention where the engine comes from, but we're positive that the windscreen has been donated by a Mazda MX-5.
We're still not sure what relevance the '427' moniker has to the car, with the engine being a 5.0 litre (or 305 cubic inches) and the outputs being 332kW (445hp) for the atmo model and 445kW (605hp) for the supercharged variant.
However, with two seats, no roof, a brutal V8 power train and functional side-exit exhausts, '427' is meant to be a homage to the classic AC Cobra 427.
Puritalia hasn't revealed any performance stats, but says this prototype will be used to gather that data. As for a release date? If past experience is anything to go by, the Puritalia 427's gestation is far from over.
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