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1962 Ghia L

RM Sotheby's

1962 Ghia L
RM Sotheby's
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One of only 26 produced by Ghia in Turin, Italy

 

Late-production example finished in factory-correct Rosso Rubino over English Saddle Leather

 

Powered by a 383-cu.-in. Chrysler V-8 engine paired with a TorqueFlite three-speed automatic transmission

 

A rare, masterful, and fully bespoke fusion of fine Italian design with American engineering

 

One of the last American/Italian GT hybrids

Description

Italian coachbuilder Ghia, revered for making lightweight aluminum bodies for Alfa Romeo, Fiat, and Lancia, and later working with Ford, Volkswagen and other foreign makes, briefly produced cars of its own. The first such venture, in collaboration with Dual-Motors Corporation of Detroit, evolved in the 1950s from Ghia’s advanced design work with Chrysler, specifically the Dodge Firearrow concepts. The resulting Dual-Ghia D-500 two-door convertible featured stunning Ghia styling on Chrysler underpinnings but was short-lived, with fewer than 120 units produced from 1956 through 1958. In 1961, Ghia created the L 6.4, a fully bespoke fastback coupe on a custom chassis and fewer off-the-shelf Chrysler components. Built exclusively to order, it was produced entirely by Ghia and marketed by Dual-Motors in Detroit. Power came from a 383-cubic-inch Mopar V-8 producing well over 300 horsepower. Without question, the hand-built L 6.4 was among the finest automobiles in the world and had an astonishing price to match, north of $13,000. Unfortunately, the cost of production and complications that came with building a car in Italy and selling it in the United States meant that the L 6.4 was destined to a brief yet glorious existence, with only 26 examples built and sold. It marked the end of an era as one of the last custom-bodied Italian/American GT hybrids. The remarkable Ghia L 6.4 offered here is finished today as it was from the factory, in the attractive combination of Rosso Rubino over English Saddle Leather. A car of this same color combination was shown at the 1962 Paris Motor Motor Show in October of that year, copies of photographs of which are included in the accompanying history file. This Ghia L 6.4 was sold new in late 1962 or early 1963 to its first owner, who was a member of the Kuwaiti royal family, according to a history report by marque expert Dyke W. Ridgley. Remarkably, the car remained with its original owner for some 60 years until it was acquired by the consignor in May 2023 and imported to the United States. Now offered with a history file that includes the Ridgely report, this stunning Ghia has clearly benefitted from six decades in single, original ownership and marks an extremely rare opportunity to acquire among the very last of the custom-bodied American/Italian GT hybrids, a masterful and fully bespoke fusion of fine Italian design with American engineering.