eBay Car of the Week: 1962 Ghia L6.4 owned by Dean Martin
This 1962 Ghia L6.4 is on eBay through through May 11th (the current bid is US $199,500 but the reserve has not been met)
About this car Dean Martin was a pretty cool guy. He was so cool that he owned this ultra rare 1962 Ghia L6.4. Designed and handcrafted in Italy by Carrozzeria Ghia, the L6.4 was the car to have in the early 60’s. That other sultan of swagger, Frank Sinatra, had one parked next to his Lincoln Continental Mark II and Cadillac Eldorado Brougham. The Ghia L6.4 also found its way into the garages of other famous car guys like Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Regan. But Dean Martin was a really cool guy, and being one of 26 just wasn't enough. So he did what any sane car guy would do in 1962 and sent his Ghia L6.4 to George Barris, the legendary Hollywood customizer who built the original Batmobile. The end result is up for sale right now on eBay, and it’s delicious. The L6.4 is like something out of a World’s Fair Exhibit with its long black hood, massive chrome grill and bubble glass rear window. Inside a small herd of cows sacrificed themselves in the name of Dean Martin. There’s leather, wood and chrome everywhere, and it probably smells as fantastic as it looks. Underneath the massive hood is a Chrysler 383 matted to a Torque Flight 3 speed transmission. The Chrysler V8 was good for 335 hp in 1962, which is way more than you’ll need in this boulevard cruiser. If there was ever a car specifically built to hit the Vegas strip and leave the valets at the Bellagio in awe, this is it. What the seller said about it Dean Martin found the Ghia L6.4 insufficiently exclusive as delivered by Ghia and had this one subtly customized for him by Hollywood's King of the Kustomizers, George Barris. Identified by a plaque on the center console and a pair of original Sixties' Barris Kustoms decals inside the corners of the windshield, this exceptional car has never been restored, nor needed restoration. Finished in black that highlights its body lines and the vast glass area of its greenhouse, the oval headlights reflect Barris's touch. It is fitted with a Nardi woodrim steering wheel and all the luxury touches expected of an exclusive Sixties semi-custom. Power comes from a 335hp Chrysler 383 cubic inch V-8 with TorqueFlite 3-speed automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes and air conditioning. Chrome wire wheels with narrow whitewall tires are highlighted by thin chrome accents around the wheelwells and along the rocker panels nicely setting off thin chrome front fender vent trim. The black leather interior is original and has an inviting patina. With provenance, history and exceptional care, Dean Martin's Ghia L6.4 needs nothing to be enjoyed and shown. Its originality and celebrity history are a delight. Want it? See the complete eBay listing for this 1962 Ghia L6.4 by clicking here
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