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1978 Sbarro Windhound, 6.9 liter luxury SUV

Today’s Rare Ride is the third car in the series by designer Franco Subaro.The creation of our best Sbarro Windsurfing-A particular take of Citroen Berlingo, and the second was a very hot hatchback called Super Eight – Ferrari below.

Both of these pieces were one-off styling exercises, but today’s Sbarro is actually in very limited production. Introducing the 1978 Windhound.

The world of full-size SUVs in the late ’70s was very different from what it is today, despite recognizing all the names that exist. Trucks such as the Toyota Land Cruiser, Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen, Range Rover and International Harvester Scout were just that. truck. Their decoration was minimal, most often seen with only two doors, and in some cases the backseat was optional. There was no wood or leather, but I found a vinyl seat and minimal soundproofing. There was one exception to this rule: the luxury Jeep Wagoneer.

But some foresights at the time More luxurious Off-road SUV. We have previously covered one of the earliest examples of such luxury trucks. Monteverdi Safari It was launched in Switzerland in 1977. Based on the IH Scout II, Safari defeated Sbarro in just one year.

The basis of the Windhound was the aforementioned G-Wagen, which was not a bad place to get started. Sbarro used the G chassis and designed a completely different body on top. The Windhound was the original design, a step beyond the clip replacement completed in Safari. The Windhound was available with two or four doors and looked like a Toyota 4Runner in the 80’s. The 4-door windhound was identified by two rectangular headlamps, and the two doors used quad circular lamps. Characteristic was the wraparound roof spoiler above the rear hatch.This was complemented by the exhaust pipe that ran, in one example that’s all Roof rail. All examples featured an interior full of wood and leather trim and an unusual tailgate design with double lower portholes. The Windhound was Sbarro’s second original design because it spent the first half of the decade building a replica car (usually a BMW). His first original design was in 1974, a mid-engine Maserati-like sports car called the Stash, interiored by Pierre Cardin. This will be explained later.

The Windhound was designed to be more powerful than the other SUVs offered, so it used the 450SEL 6.9 6.8-liter V8 engine as its main motivation. The V8 was suitable for 282 horses and 410 lb-ft torque and was very impressive in the 70’s when it was packed with smog. Normally, the transmission paired with it was a 3-speed automatic.

Since the Windhound was a build-to-order truck, it is typically used above and also applies to the 6.9 engine. The chassis remained G-Wagen, but the upper truck was powered by a different engine, depending on customer preference. Six examples used a Mercedes 6.9 engine and two examples used BMW power. Five more used a jeep engine. Finally, I used a 280GE 2.8 in-line 6-cylinder. After driving 14 cars, Windhound disappeared from the world’s radar and Sbarro moved on to other works. Mainstream luxury SUVs will catch up in about 10 years.

[Images: Sbarro]

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1978 Sbarro Windhound, 6.9 liter luxury SUV

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