We haven't heard much from Puritalia since they released renderings of the 427 Roadster back in 2012, but the company has just posted the first pictures of a near production prototype.

Dressed in a light coat of primer, the prototype will be used to test the car's mechanicals and driving characteristics. Despite being a work in progress, Puritalia contends "There are very few cars out there that look good when still in building stages. We believe that our car is one of them; like a beautiful woman who shows all its natural charm without any makeup."

As we have previously reported, the 427 Roadster was inspired by the 1965 Shelby Cobra and features a carbon composite body as well as an aluminum and chromoly chassis. Two engines will be available including a 5.0-liter V8 with 445 HP (327 kW) and 530 Nm (391 lb-ft) of torque as well as a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 with 605 HP (445 kW) and 640 Nm (472 lb-ft) of torque.

Gallery: Puritalia reveals their 427 Roadster prototype

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