GHIA 1500 GT BODY DESIGNED/BUILT BY GHIA LIKE FERRARI/ MASERATI/ FIAT/ LANCIA/

Price: US $11,100.00 Item location: Mahopac, New York, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Other Makes
  • Year: 1967
  • Mileage: 74,483
  • Engine size: FIAT 1500
  • Drive type: REAR WHEEL
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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Description:

1967 Other Makes

1967 GHIA 1500 GT.
VERY RARE, ONLY 864 PRODUCED AND LESS THAN 50 IMPORTED TO THE UNITED STATES.
BUILT BY ITALIAN COACH BUILDER, GHIA OF TURIN, ITALY.
BUILT WITH, AND STILL POWERED BY, A FIAT 1500 ENGINE (EASY TO FIND PARTS).
5 SPEED TRANSMISSION
SOLID CAR WITH FRONT FLOORS HAVING BEEN REPLACED
STARTS, RUNS, DRIVES AND STOPS, PROBABLY NEEDS A TUNE UP AND CARB REBUILT TO BE PERFECT.
ALL ELECTRICS SEEM TO WORK (EXCEPT AFTER MARKET RADIO DOES NOT POWER UP)
INTERIOR REDONE AND LOOKING VERY NICE
NO RUST ON THE BODY AND THE PAINT IS IN VERY NICE SHAPE WITH A COUPLE OF SMALL CHIPS.
LAST OWNER HAD THIS CAR OVER 30 YEARS, YOU WILL BE THE FOURTH OWNER.
THE CAR COMES WITH AN EXTRA TRANSMISSION (4 SPEED), AN EXTRA ENGINE BLOCK, HEAD, CRANKSHAFT, AND A COUPLE OF MORE BOXES OF EXTRA PARTS.
THE PREVIOUS OWNER PUT WIRE HUBCAPS OVER THE ORIGINAL WHEELS BUT I DO HAVE A SET OF CENTER CAPS.
I PROCURED THE (VERY EXPENSIVE AND NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND) FRONT BADGE BUT DID NOT INSTALL IT YET. IT LOOKS LIKE NEW.
THERE ARE A COUPLE OF WEBSITES PERTAINING TO THIS CAR. THE BEST I FOUND WAS GHIA1500GT dot com
Please do not call, email or text asking me what I will take for the car. If you have a legitimate offer, throw it at me. I might consider trades up or down but cars only. preferably classic cars. No bikes or other stuff. Thanks
IN 2015, HAGERTY MAGAZINE, THE BIBLE OF CLASSIC CARS, PUBLISHED AN ARTICLE REGARDING THE GHIA 1500GT. IT WAS TITLED "ALL IN PROPORTION, THE GHIA 1500GT" GOOGLE IT.
BELOW IS ANOTHER ARTICLE DESCRIBING THE CAR.

With a history almost as old and rich as Fiat's, Ghia was founded in 1915 by Giacinto Ghia. As a young man, Ghia had apprenticed with the original coachbuilders—the makers of horse-drawn carriages. He decided to try his talents in the burgeoning auto industry, and the legendary Carrozzeria Ghia was formed. Fiat was one of the first company's to use designs by Ghia, and by the arrival of the 1500 GT the two companies were very familiar with each other.
Built on the Fiat 1500 platform, the 1500 GT Ghia had a 1.5L straight four. The engine was not very advanced, but a compression ratio of 8.8:1 and the use of Weber carburetion kept it peppy. A 4.1:1 rear end ratio also aided acceleration. Top speed was over 100mph, thanks to an aerodynamic shape and light weight. The vehicle used monocoque construction, impressive for what was essentially a coachbuilt car. Suspension was typical, with an independent front end with coil springs and a live rear axle with leaf springs.
Some performance figures of the 1500 GT Ghia are disputed. Horsepower figures range from 67bhp to 84bhp (though it is agreed that peak power was reached at 5,200rpm). The cars were built by Ghia, making reliable information harder to come by than it would be had the cars been built instead by Fiat. For this reason, official production numbers have been a cause of argument for many years. Lately, Ghia itself sent out a letter declaring that they had built 846 cars. Though this didn't quell arguments entirely, it is now agreed by many that the actual production run totaled 846 units. About 36 cars were officially brought to the U.S. by the Krim Car Import Company of Detroit.
As with most Italian cars with the name of a famous design house in their title, the 1500 GT Ghia's most valuable asset was its styling. The design was unique and well-suited to the car's small size. From the rear ¾ view, just a hint of Alfa Sprint Speciale could be seen where the trailing curve of the rear fender meets the truncated Kamm tail. The fastback roofline ducked very low to meet the car's tail, aiding the design's balance by finishing off at the same height as the front grille. The Borrani wheels looked clean with a design using slots that matched the two vents on either front fender. Hidden door handles kept the look clean and smooth. The bumpers, which were flawlessly integrated, contributed the same effect. The rear bumper met the curvature of the car as to not detract from the rest of the design, and the front bumper was cleverly disguised as a chromed grille surround.
Ghia fell under the control of Ford in 1970. A grand Italian establishment had been Americanized as an era of thriving Italian designers and builders melted into history. A few design houses continued with their work, but most had been forgotten and replaced by the generic stylists of in-house design divisions. The Fiat 1500 GT Ghia became one of the last projects to be accomplished by a wholly Italian Ghia.

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