Saturday, April 13, 2013

Supersonic Designs by Ghia (1953-56)

As an allusion to the car's rocketship styling, the Supersonic design first appeared on a Conrero-tuned Alfa Romeo 1900, which was entered in the 1953 Mille Miglia. Designed by Giovanni Savonuzzi, it was crafted in metal by Ghia, which built eight examples on the 8V Fiat chassis. The Supersonic body was also applied to three Jaguars XK120an Aston Martin DB2/4 and an even more extreme version was built on a DeSoto Adventurer chassis.
(coachbuild.com)

1953 Alfa Romeo Conrero 1900 Ghia Supersonic



Unfortunately, the car didn't cross the finishline in the 1953 Mille Miglia. 

The body had been heavily damaged in a crash.
Conrero restored the chassis and rebodied it with a barchetta style body.









(Photos from coachbuild.com)


1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic 


Eight of these were made. 

(Chassis no. 106.000049)


























  



(Photos from bonhams.com)








Other Fiat 8V Supersonics.

































The Willment Ghia 427 Coupe

 In recent years, one of the Fiat 8V Supersonics has been fitted with a coil spring 427 Cobra competition chassis (chassis # CSX3055) produced for John Willment, This one-off model is called the Willment Ghia 427 Coupe. Also known as the AC Cobra 427 Ghia Supersonic. 


1952 Jaguar XK120 Ghia Supersonic Coupe


Three of these were made.










(Photos from onlycarsandcars.blogspot.ca)


1954 DeSoto Adventurer II Ghia Supersonic


Only one made.











Only one built based on the Aston Martin DB2/4. 
The car was exhibited at the 1956 Turin Motor Show and 
then disappeared from view until recent years.


(Photos from conceptcarz.com, hemmings.com  & supercars.net)




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