Automakers pump out particular editions like clockwork, however most of them aren’t very special.
That’s definitely not the case with this 1953 Chrysler Ghia Particular Coupe which is being auctioned by Gooding & Company.
Following the disclosing of the C-200 and Ok-310 ideas, Chrysler and Ghia teamed as much as construct about 16 Specials. They featured a sensuous design with flowing bodywork, a compact greenhouse and an enormous grille.
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The mannequin continues to be cool almost 70 years later and Gooding & Firm mentioned the automotive had one of many “most unique and influential designs of its decade.” Sadly, not that many made it stateside as “most, if not all, of the Chrysler Specials had been retailed by France Motors, a Chrysler subsidiary in Paris.”
That’s the place this explicit automotive was purchased by jockey Johnny Longden in 1953. Whereas the identify most likely doesn’t ring a bell, Longden who the 1943 Kentucky Derby, 1943 Preakness Stakes and 1943 Belmont Stakes. That’s the so-called “Triple Crown” of horse racing and Longden is one among solely 13 jockeys to win that honor.
After buying the automotive, he had it shipped to america aboard the SS Liberte in 1953. Longden then registered it in California.
Longden later offered the automotive to a San Marino lady who put in “metal guards to guard the automotive’s irreplaceable, hand-formed bumpers and distinctive single-piece grille encompass.” They’ve since been eliminated, however the openings are nonetheless seen immediately.
The automotive was finally offered to Chrysler fanatic Robert Frumkin, who held onto it for almost twenty years. Throughout his possession of the automotive, Longden wrote to him and confirmed he bought the mannequin in Paris.
In 1979, the automotive was acquired by its present proprietor who’s described as a “lifelong automotive historian and collector, who has preserved it in largely the identical situation for over 4 many years.” They’re now promoting after maintaining it out of the general public eye for years.
The automotive is a bit tough across the edges, however it has solely been pushed round 36,040 miles (58,000 km) previously 67 years. The mannequin has by no means been restored and it’s believed a lot of the inside is authentic.
Whereas the Particular might clearly use some work, it seems to have the unique 5.4-liter FirePower V8 engine. It presumably produces 180 hp (134 kW / 182 PS) and is linked to a four-speed semi-automatic transmission.
The automotive is believed to be one among eight remaining examples in existence and it comes with “authentic and necessary” documentation in addition to correspondence. Bidding is at present at $275,000 (£209,646 / €231,861), however the automotive has an estimate between $550,000 – $650,000 (£419,361 – £495,608 / €463,723 – €548,037).