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Ghia on Display

By Steven S. Brooks Published: August 2, 2011

The house of Ghia was one of the great styling and coach building firms of Italy. Most Americans will only know the Ghia name from the design they did for Volkswagen in the mid-'50's to add a sporty model to their line of basic transportation. As pleasing as this design is, Ghia's was known primarily for high end concepts and very expensive and exclusive limited edition vehicles.

 Several stellar examples of unique Ghia vehicles will be shown at this year's Glenmoor Gathering in September.  The Petersen Museum in Los Angeles will be sending two one-off designs, including a spectacular 1953 Cadillac done for actress Rita Hayworth. Limited production Ghia models built in the '50's and '60's were favorites of the Hollywood crowd, especially the Rat Pack. Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra all owned models of the Dual Ghia, Ghia 6.4L and Ghia 450SS, all of which will be represented at the concours. A Ghia designed 1951 Ferrari 212 and one of only two privately held Chrysler Turbines (Jay Leno has one) will also be displayed.

 An assemblage of this kind may never again be replicated, especially in our part of the world. I can't wait to see it on September 18!

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