Ghia 450/SS: American Heart, Italian Soul

Mar 17, 2022 305


“The whole thing started when I saw a picture on a magazine cover,” said Burt Sugarman, a car guy and automotive entrepreneur turned Hollywood TV and movie producer. The year was 1965, and the magazine was Road & Track.

Sugarman was 26 years old, and the car was the Ghia 230S, a curvaceous Italian coupe—the precursor to the production 450/SS convertible, with Plymouth Barracuda power, that Sugarman would soon shepherd into existence. It’s been a lot of years since then, but his interest has been recently rekindled by once again owning a rare 450/SS—one of just 57 built.

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