Thursday, June 16, 2011

Ghia 450SS - The Hollywood Convertible

by Mike -

The Hollywood producer, Burt Sugarman, saw a Ghia-bodied Fiat on the cover of Road & Track magazine in 1965. Sugarman loved the looks and wanted one for himself. He approached Ghia and persuaded the company to build a similar car. So, the Ghia 450SS was born.

Today the Ghia 450SS is an extremely rare car that combines the elegant styling of Giorgetto Giugiaro with Chrysler power.

The car was displayed at the 1966 Turin Motor Show - only 52 were made in 1966 and 1967. All 450SSs were sold by a dealer in Beverly Hills, California, which may help explain why many of these cars were owned by Hollywood types.

These are not fast super cars but anyone would look good driving down Sunset Boulevard or Wilshire Boulevard in one of these.

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  1. My father was purchased his Ghia in 1966. It's been in the family since - and now undergoing a full mechanical restoration. It's been a delight to drive, a classic beauty.

  2. That is interesting. Do you have any pictures that you want to share?