We’ve seen plenty of classic cars and covered many high-priced auctions, and we must say there’s something about this 1953 Chrysler Ghia Special Coupe that makes it stand out. If you feel the same way, and have more than half-a-million dollars to spend, then you’re in luck, as this Ghia is currently for sale at $575,000 USD.
The car is a product of the collaborative efforts between Chrysler and famed Italian design house Ghia, which was headed by Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Ghia at the time. According to Motor1, the forces teamed up to create the Plymouth XX-500, and the 1953 Chrysler Ghia Special Coupe was one of several successful concept and production vehicles that succeeded the XX-500. Only 18 units of the Ghia Special Coupe were built.
This ’53 Ghia was originally sold to Leon Coulibeuf, a Le Mans racer, and Chrysler’s French importer. The car disappeared and eventually fell into the hands of Jacques Pelve, a Chrysler dealer in Brittany. After years of ownership, the car finally underwent a complete restoration, which began in the ’90s and was completed in 2001.
The original Chrysler build-sheet confirmed that this is a matching-numbers car, with its original 331 FirePower Hemi V8 under the hood. The hemi was good for 180 horsepower, and was matted to a semiautomatic Fluid Torque Drive four-speed transmission.
On the outside, the Ghia bears a sharp, two-tone blue exterior, which is nicely complemented by chrome accents and chrome wire wheels wrapped in white-wall tires. The interior flaunts a matching blue vinyl with white piping, and includes original features such as the clock, radio, steering wheel, and cigarette lighter. Unlike earlier Ghia models, this car has a rear seat.
The current owner has listed it for sale on Hyman Ltd. with an asking price of $575,000. Taking the rich history and exclusivity into consideration, we think this should be a relatively easy sell.