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February 6, 2019

By: Jonathan

CARS

1 of 4 Ever Produced, ’55 Chrysler Ghia ST Special To Auction

A sucker for Chrysler’s of yesteryear, especially the famed “letter series,” this 1955 Chrysler Ghia ST Special might just be a new favorite.

Born in a time where performance seemed to take a backseat to design, this car is the pinnacle of design from two of the most prominent car designers in history. American stylist for Chrysler, Virgil Exner and Luigi Segre, designer and owner at Carrozzeria Ghia would team up during the early 1950s on a series of designs such as this ’55. Furthermore, the duo would elicit the help of French Chrysler designer Charles Ladouch. In the end, the men would produce just four of these beauties which was shown at the 1955 Turin Motor show.

In 2014 the car would undergo a nut and bolt restoration restoring the car to its Ghia Coachwork and Chrysler chassis. Finished in the original two-tone copper and ivory and features a 331 cu.-in. 250hp Hemi V8 engine. It also features power steering and power brakes with period correct wire wheels.

The four made were split up with two going to French customers and two going to Italian customers, with none coming to the states. However, one has since made its way here and is being offered at Mecum’s Phoenix auction in mid-March.

[Photography courtesy of Mecum Auctions.]

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