1966 Ghia 450SSSOLD

One of only 52 made, includes optional hard top and AC, celebrity owned

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The Ghia 450SS is a very interesting hybrid of Italian coachwork with American power plant. Although the exact number is not known, best estimates are 52 cars were built. Of those 26 are known to exist with one confirmed destroyed. The other 25 may or may not have been built. Most of the cars were sold through a dealership in Beverly Hill, California. All were spyders (convertibles) and used the 273 Commando V8 engine from a Plymouth Barracuda matted to an automatic trannny. All cars were fitted with Borrani wire wheels and had a removable metal cover that would expose two rear seats. There were two options, a removable hard top and air conditioner; this car has both of these options. The Ghia 450SS was an expensive car. The window sticker price on this car (which I have) was $13,100; which was about the same price as a Maserati or Ferrari, and far more what would cost to buy a Corvette.

Do to the fact that most cars were sold by Beverly Hills Ghia, it is believed that most first owners were somehow related to the Hollywood scene.The first owner of this car is claimed to have been Johnny Carson, which then gave the car to his personal pilot. This car was sold in 1995 at a Barrett Jackson and was part of a museum in Boston. Both claim Johnny Carson as the first owner. The original owner's manual has a lot of detailed hand written maintenance notes, the type of thing a pilot would do.

The Ghia is an interesting combination of Italian coachwork designed by none other than Giorgetto Giugiaro and built by Carrozzeria Ghia in Turin, Italy. Maserati fans will instantly recognize Giugiaro as the designer of the Ghibli, Bora and Merak. It is interesting to me that this car pre-dates the Ghibli spyder. Both cars had the same designer and coachbuilder, but are actually quite different in design and character. Actually, the only item I find is very similar on both cars is the design of the hard top.

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Reference Number 212946

as of 2/25/2014

Overview
Car 1966 Ghia 450SS
VIN BS4008 
Exterior / Interior Color      Red /      Black 
Mileage 44,200 miles 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Automatic 
Options Interior: Leather interior, Wooden steering wheel 
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