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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No - it's a Jerrari!

CarsGuide logo CarsGuide 03/10/2017 Aaron Lofts

Hmm, putting an old Italian V12 under the hood of a heavy SUV primarily used in hot climates... Good idea, bad idea? (image credit: Survivor Car Australia magazine) © CarsGuide.com.au Hmm, putting an old Italian V12 under the hood of a heavy SUV primarily used in hot climates... Good idea, bad idea? (image credit: Survivor Car Australia magazine) No, that isn’t a spelling mistake - the Jerrari is real.

Admittedly, from the outside, this 1977 Jeep Wagoneer looks pretty normal. It's pretty '70s stuff -  standard orange paint, 'tasteful' wood paneling, and an absurdly flat chrome face.

However, it has an incredible secret.

Featuring a 255kW (350hp) 4.4 litre Columbo V12 and 5-speed manual transmission from a Ferrari 365 GTC/4, this Wagoneer not only produces much more power than the standard version, but probably makes a better sound too.

Invented and commissioned by American hotel and casino mogul Bill Harrah, the Jerrari was designed to travel quickly between his business interests in Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe, Nevada USA.

With the trip totaling 450 miles - winding through the mountain ranges bordering Yosemite National Park and Death Valley - Bill wanted a car that could handle the terrain and extreme temperatures, and travel as fast as possible.

By combining the sonorous 255kW with the Jeep's 4x4 capabilities, this one-off custom is an incredible performer.

Bill passed away in 1978, with the car ending up in the hands of a number of enthusiasts and collectors over the years. It is now on display at the National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nevada along with a number of other notable cars including Elvis Presley’s Cadillac Eldorado.

What do you think of the Jerrari? Is it the best invention since fire, or is it just another Vegas car?

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