The Marketplace: Ghia L6.4

Written by Kurt | Friday, 13 July 2012 17:05

Carrozzeria Ghia is responsible for some of the prettiest car designs that have come out of Italy over the years. The wonderful flowing lines of the Karmann-Ghia and the pretty Renault Floride are good examples of this. The Ghia L6.4 you see here is a bit of an exception in my opinion, it drew heavily the 'Dual Ghia' that was the result of a venture between Ghia and Chrysler. This L6.4 builds upon Chrysler components as well, but containing a custom chassis and (of course) a body that was built and designed by Ghia in Italy. Definitely American-influenced in its design, it is no wonder that this car was primarily targeted at the US market. Ghia agent at the time, Paul Farago, had a big hand in realising this project together with Eugene Casaroll, boss of the Dual car manufacturing company based in Michigan (who was also behind the Dual Ghia). It was frightfully expensive ($7500) at the time, meaning that many cars were sold to well paid actors, musicians and the like. Frank Sinatra had one, while the car in this post was owned by Dean Martin (who was at the time one of the US' hottest singers/actors/comedians).

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The Marketplace: Jaguar E-Type S2

Written by Kurt | Friday, 15 June 2012 12:53

This time a car for those that want to go very quickly indeed while at the same time looking like an enormous tit; it's one of the two original Jaguar E-Type Series 2 used in the 'Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me' Bond parody film starring Mike Myers. It of course features the Union Jack paint scheme on the outside with matching red and blue interior on the inside. It doesn't look that bad actually to those who suffer from Anglophilia I guess, but as I basically despise Mike Myers and his obnoxious little film I for one wouldn't want to be seen dead in it. Perhaps it's more suitable for some mad Gumball 3000 entrant, it comes with a hefty price tag of €89.000 (for a Series 2 in this state?!) so it is more than likely that only some mad rappers would want to afford something like this. Someone who has an ironic 'sense of humour'. You would make quite an impression though at the Gumball 3000, accompanied by some big-boobed blondes it might actually mean people will look over the problem of the driver looking like a tit whilst driving it. The car currently has a Belgium title (and is left-hand drive!) and comes with a letter from the film's production company certifying its originality. Looking at the photos the mechanicals don't look very promising, at this price anyway. See it here at E & R Classic Cars.

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The Marketplace: Saab CX

Written by Kurt | Wednesday, 16 May 2012 14:00

A rather odd Saab entry for the marketplace category this time, which was christened 'CX'. Now this is not some original factory one-off but a custom Saab designed and built by a guy from Oslo, Norway, called Per Ekstrøm. Basically it's a chopped 1975 Saab 99 and pretty well chopped at that if you ask me. It's kind of butch, that low roofline and fat tyres encased in those grey plasticky bits for some reason really add something to the car without looking vulgair (as seems to be the case nowadays with 'coachbuild' cars). I think it is fair to say that the builder used many bits here and there from newer Saab models which is probably why it still looks like Saab and not like a botch-job from a shed. Car apparently comes with a 200hp Saab 900 T16 engine and with that it will probably go like stink. Curiously the guy who designed this car also built a similar model called the 'EX' which alongside the CX turned up at a Saab festival in Tröllhättan a few years ago, see here. Anyhow, the car is now for sale over at blocket.se in Sweden from, the builder, Per Ekstrrøm himself with no price listed. At how much would you value it?

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The Marketplace: Moretti 128 Cabriolet

Written by Kurt | Saturday, 05 May 2012 13:32

A pretty special car is up for sale in Germany over on mobile.de for an attractive price; a Moretti 128 Cabriolet. You might wonder what it actually is, well, it's basically a tarted up Fiat 128 done by small-scale production 'specialists' Moretti of Turin. It is a highly interesting car if you ask me, normal 128s are a bit bland perhaps, but the crisp lines on these 'coachbuild' Morettis do add a bit of drama and romance to an otherwise bland eurobox from the early 70s. These Moretti 128s were build as a coupe as well as a cabriolet, of which this car is a particularly well-presented example. In essence though I guess this car is more a 'Targa' than a cabriolet which is what it was introduced as at the 1969 Turin Auto Show. Of course this car benefits from all the Fiat's mechanicals and its floorplan so finding parts for this exotic isn't much of an issue, you shouldn't dent the bodywork or trim though, as that will probably be unobtainable stuff. Read on after the jump.

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The Marketplace: Two Renault Fuego Turbos

Written by Kurt | Saturday, 21 April 2012 17:55

This time I thought I'd be a nice idea to feature something French on here, so we had a browse and suddenly thought of the little-known Renault Fuego Turbo. Launched in 1983 as a successor to the 15/17 range it featured a body with some very interesting design cues. While most car company's went through their 'boxy-styling-stage' in the 80s, Renault stayed true to the design principles laid out by their employee Robert Opron, who he (re-)designed Citroën's SM and DS years before. You just have to look at this car to know this car was designed under Robert Opron's regime, its fluid lines really look as if they were a continuation or modern interpretation of the Citroën SM. It was only after a few years of production of the Renault Fuego that buyers could opt for a Turbo model; 130 hp and 0-100 km/h in about 9 seconds. The 80s had now properly arrived. The two cars featured here are both Turbos, both red, both in similar condition, both needing work but both are from another country. One from Germany and the other from the United Kingdom. You will have to be quick though, they're both auctions.

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