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    Barnfind in NJ Fiat 1500 Ghia



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    This Fiat 1500 Ghia hid since 1987 in New Jersey. No one knew what a treasure slept there in a wooden crate, because on that Fiat employees Ghia showed their skills. It was her letter of recommendation for a good future, for it was survival of the body company.




    So lucky you have rare: We all know how hard it is today to discover an untouched car - because most were already unearthed. If then the owner obviously has not the faintest idea what he has there, and the car therefore can lie dormant in a barn since 1987, then that's a very special case.
    On a sunny Saturday morning in August, sent us a photo of a friend from America, the special cars, allegedly in a barn in Newark, New Jersey, stood. The friend asked if we might know to what kind of car it could be. He thought of a Delahaye, but the car was in our opinion a bit too small for it. In any case, it was clear from the beginning that it was a very special vehicle at the barn find.

    Barn find for sale

    The American acquaintances also said that the car was for sale, so we unceremoniously and forwarded the photo to a friend dealer in Holland - although it also did not know which model was to be seen there, but immediately decided to buy the unusual car.
    When we later the photo enlarged greatly then, we discovered that there is a Fiat showed. After another short search we found that in the barn apparently a Fiat 1500 Ghia was six-cylinder 1947. Since we were already at the point where we wanted to know everything about the strange car.
    Carrozzeria Ghia of Turin The Carrozzeria Ghia was founded in 1915 by Giacinto Ghia in Turin and soon became one of the best design studios. Ghia was especially known for its car bodies made of light metal, such as the Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 Mille Miglia won the 1929. Until the Second World War Ghia designed many models for Alfa Romeo, but he died in 1944, and in the first years after the war there was much uncertainty about the survival of its operation.
    It is said that the staff had the Fiat 1500 made in these pages to show what Ghia was a position and thus to find a possible buyer for the company. The acquisition was actually in 1948, when the Turin design studio Mario Boano and Giorgio Alberti was purchased. The new name was Ghia-Aigle, Aigle headquarters was in Switzerland. Later, Ford took the time-honored design company Ghia, but this is for our history no longer relevant.
    The Fiat-1500 six-cylinder was so drawn in the year prior to the takeover of Felice Bianco. Bianco worked before the war together with Umberto Capalbi and Michelotti at Stabilimenti Farina. Mario Revelli de Beaumont, a top designer from the thirties, was also there and had a great influence on these three young men.
    1946 Bianco suggested before, to produce a specific structure for the Fiat 1500 as it had done for a Revelli 1943 Alfa 6C 2500 (and Michelotti did in 1948 for a Lancia Astura).
    Class win at the Concours d'Elegance Villa d'Este Felice Bianco drew the car, the special fender (with expandable parts) came from Umberto Capalbi. A total of four units were built. Two coupes (one with a Fiat 1100 engine, one with a Fiat 1500 engine) and two convertibles (also with 1100 and 1500 cm3). One of the two coupes should be in a museum, the second is missing. Even the convertible with the 1100 engine no longer exists.
    The Fiat 1500 Ghia Cabrio 1947 but was traveling to many events in Italy, and with considerable success: On
    March 28 said the car took first place with a Maserati A6 1500 GT Pininfarina at the Concours d'Elegance in Monte Carlo, May 11, won the Ghia in San Remo at the Concours d'Elegance of "Città dei Fiori" as the best innovative vehicle , and on 26 June the participants at the Concours d'Elegance Fiat in Rome - Unfortunately, the placement is unknown.
    For the Fiat captured on 28 June 1947 at the Concours d'Elegance first place in Turin on 27 September and took the first prize in its class at the Villa d'Este.
    So 1947 was a very good year for the Ghia. In Turin, the car was way back then painted in gray-blue, to distinguish it from the 1100s. Another practical detail: With a flick of the car of a two left turn into a four-seater.
    After 2 weeks in Holland, after 5 weeks the engine was running And so a car so we place on a Saturday in August. Two weeks later the car was already in Holland, and the new owner raved: ". I normally never do this, but yesterday I just sat down on a chair in front of the car and looked at it" A daring design, in fact - not every day, but nice. Another three weeks later, the makeshift roadworthy car was even made.
    But what do you do now with it? The first plan was wild, with the barn find after 67 years back to the Villa d'Este to travel to participate in the class of unrestored cars - after the Fiat Ghia had already celebrated here 67 years ago a class victory. But then it was decided to restore the car yet and participate in 2015 at the Villa d'Este.
    The Fiat will get especially his original gray-blue paint again and also be beige top. The present painting in blue got the car probably in the seventies, it is pretty sloppy run - even the exhaust was mitlackiert. Stainless contrast, there is not, at this point, so no action is required.
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    November 10, 2014

    This item is from issue 04/2014 Motor Klassik.

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    Looks like a baby Buick kiddie car. Minus the port holes.

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    Wow! What a story.

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    I think that is really nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evilkarl the 2nd View Post


    http://www.motor-klassik.de/bilder/f...k-8416177.html
    This Fiat 1500 Ghia hid since 1987 in New Jersey. No one knew what a treasure slept there in a wooden crate, because on that Fiat employees Ghia showed their skills. It was her letter of recommendation for a good future, for it was survival of the body company.




    So lucky you have rare: We all know how hard it is today to discover an untouched car - because most were already unearthed. If then the owner obviously has not the faintest idea what he has there, and the car therefore can lie dormant in a barn since 1987, then that's a very special case.
    On a sunny Saturday morning in August, sent us a photo of a friend from America, the special cars, allegedly in a barn in Newark, New Jersey, stood. The friend asked if we might know to what kind of car it could be. He thought of a Delahaye, but the car was in our opinion a bit too small for it. In any case, it was clear from the beginning that it was a very special vehicle at the barn find.

    Barn find for sale

    The American acquaintances also said that the car was for sale, so we unceremoniously and forwarded the photo to a friend dealer in Holland - although it also did not know which model was to be seen there, but immediately decided to buy the unusual car.
    When we later the photo enlarged greatly then, we discovered that there is a Fiat showed. After another short search we found that in the barn apparently a Fiat 1500 Ghia was six-cylinder 1947. Since we were already at the point where we wanted to know everything about the strange car.
    Carrozzeria Ghia of Turin The Carrozzeria Ghia was founded in 1915 by Giacinto Ghia in Turin and soon became one of the best design studios. Ghia was especially known for its car bodies made of light metal, such as the Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 Mille Miglia won the 1929. Until the Second World War Ghia designed many models for Alfa Romeo, but he died in 1944, and in the first years after the war there was much uncertainty about the survival of its operation.
    It is said that the staff had the Fiat 1500 made in these pages to show what Ghia was a position and thus to find a possible buyer for the company. The acquisition was actually in 1948, when the Turin design studio Mario Boano and Giorgio Alberti was purchased. The new name was Ghia-Aigle, Aigle headquarters was in Switzerland. Later, Ford took the time-honored design company Ghia, but this is for our history no longer relevant.
    The Fiat-1500 six-cylinder was so drawn in the year prior to the takeover of Felice Bianco. Bianco worked before the war together with Umberto Capalbi and Michelotti at Stabilimenti Farina. Mario Revelli de Beaumont, a top designer from the thirties, was also there and had a great influence on these three young men.
    1946 Bianco suggested before, to produce a specific structure for the Fiat 1500 as it had done for a Revelli 1943 Alfa 6C 2500 (and Michelotti did in 1948 for a Lancia Astura).
    Class win at the Concours d'Elegance Villa d'Este Felice Bianco drew the car, the special fender (with expandable parts) came from Umberto Capalbi. A total of four units were built. Two coupes (one with a Fiat 1100 engine, one with a Fiat 1500 engine) and two convertibles (also with 1100 and 1500 cm3). One of the two coupes should be in a museum, the second is missing. Even the convertible with the 1100 engine no longer exists.
    The Fiat 1500 Ghia Cabrio 1947 but was traveling to many events in Italy, and with considerable success: On
    March 28 said the car took first place with a Maserati A6 1500 GT Pininfarina at the Concours d'Elegance in Monte Carlo, May 11, won the Ghia in San Remo at the Concours d'Elegance of "Città dei Fiori" as the best innovative vehicle , and on 26 June the participants at the Concours d'Elegance Fiat in Rome - Unfortunately, the placement is unknown.
    For the Fiat captured on 28 June 1947 at the Concours d'Elegance first place in Turin on 27 September and took the first prize in its class at the Villa d'Este.
    So 1947 was a very good year for the Ghia. In Turin, the car was way back then painted in gray-blue, to distinguish it from the 1100s. Another practical detail: With a flick of the car of a two left turn into a four-seater.
    After 2 weeks in Holland, after 5 weeks the engine was running And so a car so we place on a Saturday in August. Two weeks later the car was already in Holland, and the new owner raved: ". I normally never do this, but yesterday I just sat down on a chair in front of the car and looked at it" A daring design, in fact - not every day, but nice. Another three weeks later, the makeshift roadworthy car was even made.
    But what do you do now with it? The first plan was wild, with the barn find after 67 years back to the Villa d'Este to travel to participate in the class of unrestored cars - after the Fiat Ghia had already celebrated here 67 years ago a class victory. But then it was decided to restore the car yet and participate in 2015 at the Villa d'Este.
    The Fiat will get especially his original gray-blue paint again and also be beige top. The present painting in blue got the car probably in the seventies, it is pretty sloppy run - even the exhaust was mitlackiert. Stainless contrast, there is not, at this point, so no action is required.
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    Ard and Arnoud op de Weegh
    Date
    November 10, 2014

    This item is from issue 04/2014 Motor Klassik.
    Hello all,

    Thank you for posting this article.
    I'm happy to tell you that the Fiat Ghia currently will be restored in Belgium:
    http://www.has-oldtimer-restauratie....ject.php?id=58

    Best regards,
    Arnoud op de Weegh
    www.extraordinarycarcollections.com

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    Welcome to the forum that is awesome news. Pls post pictures when the car is done.

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