Ghia got in touch with Chrysler in 1950, although they bodied a Chrysler 75 back in 1929.
So there was Luigi Segre whose first Plymouth bodied cars ..er wasn’t ranked among the era’s greatest.
Chrysler president Kaufmann T. Keller had been impressed by the Ghia craftsmanship and modest cost of the above mentioned car so he permitted stylist Virgil M. Exner, who had been bought in by Keller to revive Chrysler’s design image, to proceed with the commissioning of other Chrysler-based concept cars from the Torinese carrozzeria.
The explanation of the name: K: Kaufman T. Keller, then-chairman of Chrysler 310: the hopeful power output (in fact it only developed some 180 bhp). The car was based on the new hemi-head V8 Saratoga chassis, and cost $20.000 to build at Ghia.
Chrysler ordered 40 Ghia-Chrysler but the commission was cut back because of the Korean War.
The Delahaye 235 was the last attempt by Delahaye to produce a successful sports car after the war. This example has a unique Saoutchik body, first exhibited at the 1951 Paris Auto Show. With a 3.5-liter, 6-cylinder engine and a Cotal pre-selector gearbox the Delahaye 235 was a modernized descendant of Delahaye’s pre-war 135 with revised suspension. Far from cheap, it cost double the price of the rival Jaguar XK120 or about the same as a Bentley Mark VI. This car led a busy life in Europe, being shown at several concours, until 1964 when, with 80,382 kilometers on the clock, it was put away in a garage in France. During the last 45 years that car has been driven less than 100 kilometers; and it is complete and original in every respect.
The 235 was a modern vehicle introduced in 1951, just after the close of World War II. It was powered by a 3.5-liter six-cylinder engine capable of producing just over 150 horsepower and could reach speeds of 100 mph, or more. The 235 replaced the 135 and was Delahaye’s only model offered for sale during this time.
Delahaye produced the rolling chassis and left the creation of the bodies up to coachbuilders, such as Letourneur & Marchand, Chapron, Ghia, and Vanden Plas.
Volvo P1800 another beautiful car. Designed by Ghia in Italy in 1957.