Rare Rides: A Conceptual Ghia Wants to Probe Your Bank Account
Our august editor Mark pointed out to me how I might bring some of the rare, quirky, and oddball cars I’m always posting to our internal Slack chat to you. So here we are, with a segment I’m going to callÂ Rare Rides.
Here’s our first entry, from a HemmingsÂ listing, is a fantastic looking Ghia Probe I concept from all the way back before automatic transmissions and air conditioning: 1979.
It debuted for the 48th annual Frankfurt International Motor show, and â€” unlike many concept vehicles â€” it actually works. It’s powered by the 2.3-liter engine from a contemporaryÂ Mustang. Many of you will undoubtedly take issue with thisÂ engine, thenÂ tell us all about why it’s so awful. The design managed a drag coefficient of just .22, which is both impressive and important in a post-OPEC Crisis world. For comparison, General Motors tells me a 2014 Corvette Stingray has a drag coefficient of .28.
Underneath all the glorious and dramatic coachwork, though, sits Ford’s familiarÂ Fox platform. Sajeev should probably buy it and turn it into a Mark IX Ghia 3.5 EcoBoost. I know it’s possible.
More photos are available at Hemmings.
[Images: Scott Grundfor Co. via Hemmings]
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February 8, 2017 at 06:57AM
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