Helvetic Motor Company’s Hidalgo a modern blast from the past

Kharl Prado August 7, 2010

Not all bad ideas turn out to as planned, do they? That is exactly the case with Helvetic Motor Company’s plans to take a perfectly running Merecedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG and turn it into something hideously old. Unfortunately for them, the final product turned out sharper than everyone expected, and the company has no one else to blame, err, credit for its success.

Dubbed the ‘Hidalgo’, it’s a mixture of Bugatti Atlantic design language that rolls on a Silver Arrow’s powertrain. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? Well, it should, especially with the 5.5-liter V8 that’s sitting under the hood. This baby is capable of 355hp and 376lb-ft. If you’re thinking of buying a BMW-powered Morgan, you better think twice.

So, is the Bruce Wayne in you starting to itch for a new toy? Then better start making some calls as Helvetic Motor Company is planning to sell as few as 6 samples annually. The price tag on each fully-built Hidalgo stretches around $410,000. A bit too much? Well, you’re not going to be a worthwhile collector if you can’t spend a little money on a classic. All right, it’s not a classic. It’s only a modern car that’s been dressed up to look like a classic. Would it have fooled you? Probably not.

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