The Sbarro Windhound was a car built by Sbarro in 1978.
The off-road 4x4 market was different back then in 1978. The vehicles were rugged, on-road comforts and capabilities were definitely secondary. Some typical examples of this period are the Land Rover, the Nissan Patrol, the Mercedes G Wagen and the Toyota Land Cruiser. However alongside these rough and ready machines were a few that were more luxurious and above all more comfortable, the forerunner being the Range Rover. The Windhound is in this latter category.
The Windhound, was available in a two or a four door version. The car resembles a raised station-wagon. The chassis is derived from the Mercedes G Wagen. The Windhound is also powered by a Mercedes engine, typically the famous 6.9 litre V8. The interior is luxurious without being flashy. An abundance of wood and leather giving it an English flavour.
The four-door version has a different front grille with two rectangular headlights compared to the two-door version. In both models, fog lights are incorporated into the lower part of the bumper. At the back a spoiler is mounted above the hatch. One vehicle has exhaust and intake pipes running from the bonnet up over the roof.
The beauty and excellent engineering of the Windhound cannot have been lost on those off-road amateurs. Twelve Windhounds were built, each one to the customer’s specific desires.