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57burb
Posted 2007-11-25 8:46 PM (#104566)
Subject: Painted an unusual car today - '63 Ghia 6.4



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Does it qualify as Forward Look? Some say it was one of the last designs Exner worked with Ghia on, so you be the judge.

The wine color that was on it was just lifeless and dull. A little paint and some wire wheels (with Vogue tires!) will really wake it up.



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plymouth58
Posted 2007-11-25 8:51 PM (#104569 - in reply to #104566)
Subject: Re: Painted an unusual car today - '63 Ghia 6.4



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Thats a nice looking car, i love the body lines on that thing. I would love to see some pics of it when its put back together. Excelent paint work by the way, looks very nice.
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57burb
Posted 2007-11-25 8:52 PM (#104570 - in reply to #104566)
Subject: RE: Painted an unusual car today - '63 Ghia 6.4



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You can't tell anything with cheesy cell phone pictures. The paint on it was just pathetic. The new color is a Chrysler color with some pearls added to accentuate the body lines. It is going to be incredible.

Not my favorite child of the Ghia/Chrysler partnership, but it is pretty neat. The 330hp 383 has a really nice burble to it. This car came from South Africa, and was originally gold. I'm not sure who all has owned this one, but Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin used to have a couple of these. They made 23 to 26 of these cars (depends on who you ask) so that makes it pretty rare! I'm not sure, but I think this is the same car... http://www.hamannclassiccars.com/listing/1963_Ghia_6.4L.html

If you're bored, you can read up on them here http://www.hemmings.com/hcc/stories/2005/09/01/hmn_feature3.html
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57burb
Posted 2007-11-25 8:56 PM (#104571 - in reply to #104569)
Subject: Re: Painted an unusual car today - '63 Ghia 6.4



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plymouth58 - 2007-11-25 7:51 PM

Thats a nice looking car, i love the body lines on that thing. I would love to see some pics of it when its put back together. Excelent paint work by the way, looks very nice.


It's kind of an odd looking car.

http://www.conceptcarz.com/vehicle/z10045/Ghia_L6.4/default.aspx
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imopar380
Posted 2007-11-26 12:57 AM (#104596 - in reply to #104566)
Subject: Re: Painted an unusual car today - '63 Ghia 6.4



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These are gorgeous... I had a Corgi-Toy of one as a kid but I remember another kid I knew had one before I got mine, and I was able to recognize it as some kind of a Chrysler Product - even before I had it in my hands to see the name stamped on the bottom..... by the shape and wrap-around of the front windshield....and the lift up door handles.

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d500neil
Posted 2007-11-26 1:41 AM (#104601 - in reply to #104566)
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These cars are gorgeous, and serve to define the height of the "****tail generation" of suave, debonair living (pre-Kennedy assassination, and pre-vietnam war, when the world was changed forever).

Back then, air-travel was still glamorous.






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d500neil
Posted 2007-11-26 1:47 AM (#104602 - in reply to #104566)
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Doctor DeSoto
Posted 2007-11-26 2:10 AM (#104604 - in reply to #104566)
Subject: RE: Painted an unusual car today - '63 Ghia 6.4



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57burb - 2007-11-26 5:46 PM

Does it qualify as Forward Look? Some say it was one of the last designs Exner worked with Ghia on, so you be the judge.

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Exner and the Forward Look are not inextricably linked. Otherwise we'd have to call some Studebakers "Forward Look" as well. We went over this a while back, regarding the first and last use of the term "Forward Look" by Chrysler Corporation. I think it fell out as 55 to 61 (?). Some argue that 62 Chyslers are FL too. Related by lingering styling cues, yes. But Virgil was decidedly fired by then and Engel was decidedly hired to erase the Exner legacy as rapidly as possible - hence the shaved fins. I am confident the corporation was no longer using the term "Forward Look" beyond 1961 model year advertising.

Cool car, all the same. As Neil pointed out, cars like this were the epitome of the suave, playboy elite at a time when being a "James Bond" type was the fantasy goal of pop culture.

Out of curiosity, is this car an automatic or stick ?

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57plymouth
Posted 2007-11-26 8:43 AM (#104616 - in reply to #104566)
Subject: Re: Painted an unusual car today - '63 Ghia 6.4



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After reading Exner's biography, it's clear that the Forward Look Chrylser cars are not the "end all be all" of his work. It seems that a lot of the cars I've always lusted for were Exner cars. I.E. Dual Ghia's and postwar Studebakers.
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57burb
Posted 2007-11-26 11:21 AM (#104631 - in reply to #104566)
Subject: RE: Painted an unusual car today - '63 Ghia 6.4



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Doc, it's an auto, they all were.

I'm not saying it's a legit FL car - I'm just saying it's one of the last cars produced with a body heavily influenced by Exner.
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Ozzie 61
Posted 2007-11-27 8:42 PM (#104892 - in reply to #104566)
Subject: RE: Painted an unusual car today - '63 Ghia 6.4



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I see a lot of 61 Plymouth and 61 Dodge in the styling......
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Doctor DeSoto
Posted 2007-11-28 1:49 AM (#104936 - in reply to #104631)
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57burb - 2007-11-27 8:21 AM

Doc, it's an auto, they all were.



OK, ..... I think I am having a senior moment ....

Dual Ghia, ..... Facel Vega

Kinda the same general idea of car, both using Mopar drivetrain.

The 300F cars ordered with manual trans delivered in early production came built with a Pont-a-Mousson 4-speed .... the same trans used in manual trans Facel Vegas .... or so the story goes.

The Dual Ghias were never built with manual trans ????
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1960fury
Posted 2007-11-28 9:03 AM (#104957 - in reply to #104566)
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why 6.4? a 383 would be a 6.3 or 6.2
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57burb
Posted 2007-11-28 1:47 PM (#104987 - in reply to #104957)
Subject: RE: Painted an unusual car today - '63 Ghia 6.4



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1960fury - 2007-11-28 8:03 AM

why 6.4? a 383 would be a 6.3 or 6.2


Italians are lovers, not mathematicians.

Doc, I don't know for certain on Dual Ghias (he has two of them) but the Ghia 6.4 came later, used wedge engines, and was auto only.
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Chrycoman
Posted 2007-11-29 6:17 AM (#105107 - in reply to #104987)
Subject: RE: Painted an unusual car today - '63 Ghia 6.4



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The Dual- Ghia was an American car and the first generation model was based upon an Exner design. It was not actually designed by Exner. The second generation model, shown in the photos, was designed in the U.S. by Paul Farago, although Exner did clean up the design.

And to clarify a few points -

Ghia built bodies for Chrysler. They did not design them for Chrysler. That was the done in Detroit under the guidance of Exner and then Engel.

The 1962 and 1963 Chrysler Corporation models were designed under Virgil Exner. Elwood Engel did not arrive at Chrysler until the fall of 1961, after the 1962 models were in production and after the 1963 models had been approved for production.

Engel did do some trim changes on the 1963 models, but that was all he could do. He did oversee 1964 facelifts. Back then, it took at least a year to get a car tooled and in production after finalizing the design, even longer if it was a new body.

As for the Dual-Ghia, the first model, originally called the Firebomb, was loosely based on the Dodge Firearrow, a show car designed under Virgil Exner with body by Ghia. The front and rear treatments were modified from the Exner original by Paul Farago, Ghia's U.S. rep, gaining fins and a wraparound Dodge windshield. The car shown in the photos is not this model.

The cars were built by Dual Motors Corp., 9760 Van Dyke, Detroit. The man behind the project was Gene Casaroll, owner of Auto Shippers, Inc.

The bodies were built by Ghia in Italy and mounted on a shortened Dodge chassis, complete with Dodge 315-cid poly engine with Mopar brakes, Powerflite transmission, etc. The Dodge D-500 engine was optional. The mating of the two, body and chassis, was done in Detroit. A total of about 104 were built between 1955 and 1958. The price in 1958 for a Dual-Ghia was $8,000.

The model in the photos, the L6.4, was designed by Farago with Exner cleaning up the details. Casaroll was suffering with cancer and had little time for the Dual-Ghia. Thus Farago designed a new model, the firm having used up its alotment of 1956 Dodge chassis frames. Acting Chrysler styling head, William Schmidt, saw a scale model of the new model in 1958 and noted how similar the rear fins were to an upcoming Chrysler model. Thus Farago asked Exner to redo the rear end, which he did in 1959. That theme would appear on the 1961 Plymouth and influenced the 1961 Dodge Polara.

The body was built around Chrysler front and rear body/floor sections, which again permitted the use of Chrysler windshields. The transmission was now the 3-speed Torqueflite.

When the L6.4 appeared in 1960, it known as the Ghia L6.4. The "Dual" was dropped as Casaroll had sold the rights to the car to Ghia. Dual Motors purchased the needed components from Chrysler plus imported and marketed the final product.

Total production of the L6.4 came to 27, with the last built in 1963.

The car now used a Chrysler 383 and was built on its own chassis. As a result, costs of production rose and the car when introduced in 1962 came to $15,000. Bodies were built by Ghia in Italy where the cars were assembled.

Paul Farago, by the way, would work with the Exners, father and son, on the aborted 1966 Duesenberg project.
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57burb
Posted 2007-11-29 10:03 AM (#105121 - in reply to #105107)
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Well, there you have it.

Also, the tail lights look conspicuously like modified '56-57 Corvette units.
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Posted 2007-12-01 4:05 AM (#105391 - in reply to #104566)
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Triangle Motors in Finland is restoring a '61 Ghia http://www.trianglemotor.com/uk/ukentis.htm , you can see it in small picture on the left side when you scroll down.
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moparsteve
Posted 2007-12-02 3:22 AM (#105525 - in reply to #104566)
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these cars had class and were not cheap. big execs and celebrities owned them, inc. frank and dino, any maybe
even sammy!

btw i noticed dinos custom 67-68 eldo wagon on ebay!!!!
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57burb
Posted 2007-12-31 6:30 PM (#109160 - in reply to #104566)
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Update-

Color is all rubbed out and it has its wire wheels on. I'll get some more when it's all back together, but enjoy for now.

Should I post pictures of some of the other FL cars inside the shop?



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Posted 2007-12-31 6:46 PM (#109165 - in reply to #109160)
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57burb - 2007-12-31 11:30 PM


Should I post pictures of some of the other FL cars inside the shop? :bleh:



Hell YEAH..... if that is anything to go by, I want to see More.........
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57burb
Posted 2007-12-31 6:49 PM (#109166 - in reply to #109160)
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Re-reading the thread, I didn't make it clear - this is my dad painting and polishing the car! He works with a restoration shop and does a lot of the cosmetic work on these restorations.
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57burb
Posted 2007-12-31 6:53 PM (#109168 - in reply to #109165)
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Rebels-59 Coronet - 2007-12-31 5:46 PM

Hell YEAH..... if that is anything to go by, I want to see More.........


Okay, here's all that was in the little shop today.

I couldn't get back into the real display room where he has all the "good" stuff. I might be able to dig up some old pictures from back there, he has a Dual Ghia, a '61 Fury cvt, and a '57 300C cvt if I remember correctly.



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57burb
Posted 2008-01-01 3:55 PM (#109262 - in reply to #104566)
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Here are some pictures I found from a long while back.



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