VIN: BS 4008 Odometer: 44,238 believed to be original
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 tranny. 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, many first owners were somehow related to the Hollywood scene. The first owner of this car was TV personality Johnny Carson, which then gave the car to his personal pilot.
Paint is very nice, body is straight and rust free (California car), chrome is also very nice, all five Borrani wire wheels were just done and sport new tires, soft top is in fair but very useable condition, interior is very nice and most likely the original leather, hard top is in steel and is nicely finished. Mechanically she runs and drives as it should.
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. Considering how Ghibli spyder prices have recently skyrocketed it is just a matter of time before people discover just how rare and attractive the 450SS is.
This car was featured on the cover of the December 1995 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine. Click on the cover to read the article. It was recently photographed for an upcoming issue of Hemmings Sports and Exotics magazine.
Car includes the optional removable hardtop, rear metal cover (which is missing on many cars), rear leather cover, spare tire, jack, Borrani knock off hammer, period magazines, original manuals, original specification sheet (very rare) and original window sticker.
Rare opportunity to acquire a beautiful and unique car with an interesting history.