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    Ghia 450SS

    I found this car while looking through a book of old super cars and it struck my eye as a very American looking car. Only forty were made and it's more of a muscle car than anything else. It was made as a suggestion from an LA businessman.
    Top Speed: 125 mph
    0-60: 8.5 sec
    273 c.i. V8
    235 HP
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    It was inspired by Fiat 230S.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dino Scuderia View Post
    It was inspired by Fiat 230S.
    not really inspired, there was a 2300 cc version based on 2300S mechanicals, and the standard coupe was also done by Ghia. This is just another version.
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    The one place this car is lacking anything is in the power department. They could do some wonders with a 396 or 427.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 250gto boy View Post
    The one place this car is lacking anything is in the power department. They could do some wonders with a 396 or 427.
    That 273 was already shoehorned in, a 327, let alone a 396 or 427, could barely fit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magnum9987 View Post
    That 273 was already shoehorned in, a 327, let alone a 396 or 427, could barely fit.
    here is the 2300 protoptype, plus engine bay, and 450 SS, shown at Pebble Beach some years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magnum9987 View Post
    That 273 was already shoehorned in, a 327, let alone a 396 or 427, could barely fit.
    That's my fault. I didn't realize that they crammed it in. Then perhaps they should have made a larger engine bay to accommodate a 327.

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    @Henk; Height wise, yes, a a 396 or 427 could probably fit in the car with the right choice of manifold and carb, but those motors are much too wide for that engine bay. Yes, the car could be widened but, it wasn't.

    @GTO Boy; Well, we'll never know.
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    Ironically the ex Johnny Carson 450S was at the Atlanta Caffeine and Octane event this morning. It has a 340 cubic inch Chrysler v8 and is a 100 point car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 250gto boy View Post
    I found this car while looking through a book of old super cars and it struck my eye as a very American looking car. Only forty were made and it's more of a muscle car than anything else. It was made as a suggestion from an LA businessman.
    Top Speed: 125 mph
    0-60: 8.5 sec
    273 c.i. V8
    235 HP
    This car is an Italian design by Giorgetto Giugiaro when he was at Ghia and it is powered by Chrysler. Burt Sugarman (a Hollywood movie producer), saw a Ghia-bodied Fiat on the cover of Road & Track magazine in 1965 and he called Ghia and wanted them to make something special for him.

    Only 52 were made and they all were sold through a dealer in Beverly Hills in 1966 and 1967.

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    I remember when the Ghia 450SS was introduced. It was obvious that it was styled after the earlier (1965) Fiat 230/S. I read about it in the magazines at the time. When the 1970 Fairlane Cobra and Torino GT hit the streets, I instantly seen styling cues that also resembled the (two) earlier European models. Take a look at the front end of all three and see if you can see the same similarities that I saw way back in 1970.

    There were other American and European exotics with similar styling cues produced through the years. I will post some soon and see what you all think if there is any interest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Gulett View Post
    This car is an Italian design by Giorgetto Giugiaro when he was at Ghia
    Giorgetto Giugiaro could not have designed this car as it was first show in coupe form at the 1963 Turin Auto Show and the spider version was shown in March of 1965. Giugiaro didnít start at Ghia until November 1965. It was designed by Sergio Sartorelli probably as a replacement for his FIAT 2300 coupe.

    In a odd twist Fiat decided to use a Bertone design, penned by Giugiaro for the replacement of the 2300 coupeĖthat car became the FIAT Dino coupe.

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