Back in the 1950s and 1960s it was common practice for European automobile designers to create a new body based on an American drive-train. They probably loved the power and simplicity, but were not so fond of the fins and chrome. Fair enough. In any case, many of the cars thus created were one-offs, but there are some exceptions, such as the 1960 Chrysler Ghia L6.4.This big coupe was clearly inspired by Ghia Dart, designed by Virgil Exner, and offered its obligatorily very rich buyers exclusivity, speed and comfort. Priced at over $15,000 in 1960 dollars, its was out of reach of almost everyone, except of course for celebrities, such as Frank Sinatra, who always had money to burn for that sort of things!
The Ghia L6.4 was powered by a good old Chrysler V8, not surprisingly, with a displacement of 6.3-liters, which developed a grand total of 335 horsepower. The was plenty to push this coupe to a top speed of 140 miles per hour, a very impressive number for the time. Unfortunately, no acceleration figures are available, but I’m certain it must have been fast, probably in the 7-8 second range, even counting in the three-speed automatic transmission.
The 1960 Chrysler Ghia L6.4 was in production only until 1962, and over that span, 26 of them were made. To say that they are today rare and extremely collectible is an understatement.