Auto designer legend Tom Tjaarda died at 82 today, and even if somehow you don’t think you know who he is, trust me, you know who he is. It’s almost certain that at some point you’ve seen a stunning car that’s taken your breath away, and there’s a decent chance that Tom Tjaarda had a hand in its design. Tjaarda was a…
You may have been looking for me. I am not there. I am away, here, secluded at my Space House living on the Ghia Planet.
Yes, it really is that short.
Think the only way to come away with a trophy at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is with a fat stack of money and your best spats on? Guess again.
Ghia only built two Cadillac Coupes based on the '53 chassis, and the amazing Petersen Museum happens to own one of them. It doesn't get more L.A. than this.
This past week I've had a Bentley Continental GTC, and I'm not gonna lie, it was pretty fantastic. I'll talk much more about it soon, but since it's the night shift and Matt's probably already drunk, I want to confide something to you: it reminds me of a Karmann-Ghia.
VIN #8MA512 is the seventh De Tomaso Mangusta chassis built. It's also a one-off prototype presented at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show by Ghia, with Giorgetto Giugiaro on the receiving end of all the props.
Back in 1980, Ghia built the Mustang RSX for Ford. It's basically the Italian-bodied rear-drive rally car of your dreams, but Ford decided we weren't cool enough to get one.
This is the O.S.I. Silver Fox from 1967. The Italians wanted to go to Le Mans to score a speed record with it. Sadly, they didn't, but their attempt is worth noting for its pure batshittery.
It's no secret famed Rat Packer Dean Martin is still about as cool as it gets, so it only makes sense he would choose a vehicle as cool and unique as a 1962 Ghia L6.4 as a mode of transportation.
As the first day with Chrysler in bankruptcy dawns, let’s look at a mad car from an era when the automaker was set to conquer the very skies: the jet-powered Gilda coupé.
October is generally the warmest month here by the Bay, so that's when you get the big car shows on the island. On Saturday, Park Street was taken over by hundreds of chromium-dipped chariots; the following day, a horde of Ferraris, Fiats, Lancias, Alfas, and the like swarmed across the bridges and set up shop on the…
If you're looking for a fast Italian machine from the 60s, you've got your Ferraris and Maseratis and such, and even your Intermeccanicas. Don't stop with those cars, though, because Ghia didn't just do coachwork for other manufacturers- they made a few cars themselves! This '66 450SS, once owned by Wilt Chamberlain,…
By the fifth year of the Mustang II, Ford's ads for the Pinto-esque pony were taking a different approach than those from '74. In 1978, you could pick up a new base Mustang Ghia (i.e., the one with the Malaise-o-riffic 88-horse four-cylinder) for less than the 1977 price. Sign us up!
What happens when the most celebrated Italian designers get their hands on a Mopar catalog? Nothing much, these days (perhaps a Bertone-tuned Jeep Compass?). But there was a time when such pairups were as fruitful as the Rossellini-Bergman mashup. One such fruit was the Ghia 450SS, a Barracuda-powered model, designed…