1955 Chrysler Ghia Streamline X “Gilda”
Barrett-Jackson Auction – Scottsdale, AZ
January 14-22, 2017
The Gilda-named after Rita Hayworth’s famous role in the 1946 film of the same name is not a Chrysler in the way a 300 or a Hemi engine is.
The 1955 Ghia Gilda Coupe Concept was built for the 1955 Turin Motor Show in Italy. It was a styling exercise designed by Savonuzzi (an individual formerly with Cisitalia). It was powered by a OSCA engine that displaced 1491cc and was claimed to have a top speed of 140 mph.
The car was put on the European show circuit, and after its tour, it was given to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. It was shipped to America in October of 1955.
Its importance was derived from the studies of aerodynamics through wind tunnel tests conducted at the Turin Polytechnic and it had a decisive influence on the evolution of the styling of American cars in that period.
In full running order, the Ghia Gilda made a fitting debut at the Art Center College of Design Classic Concours in Pasadena, California in 2007. Since then it has been shown at the prominent Pebble Beach and Villa d’Este concours. The Gilda has also been displayed in the Italdesign museum.
So if you have a few million to spend on a car with no side view mirrors, no rear view mirror, and probably not even able to go into reverse, this is the car for you. Just forward motion without a care on the road of who is behind you!