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Striking Chrysler Ghia Show Cars Star at Bonhams’ 2023 Scottsdale Auction

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Bonhams has announced a trio of special Chrysler show cars as early highlights of its upcoming Scottsdale Auction on January 26, 2023. The unique show cars are the headliners of 13 vehicles consigned from the John White Ramshead Collection. The collection will cross the block at The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa during Arizona Auction Week — and most of the cars will do so without reserve.

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The star of group is the 1957 Chrysler Ghia Super Dart 400 concept car that was shown at the Torino and New York Motor Shows that same year. The one-of-a-kind Super Dart offered a glimpse of what was to come in the world of automotive design — and it was no slouch, having been fitted with Chrysler’s 400-hp Hemi V8. Well preserved and in highly original condition, the car has been driven just 49,000 miles and recently one a class award at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

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Built only three years prior, the oldest of the three is a 1954 Chrysler Ghia GS-1 Coupe. Inspired by legendary designer Virgil Exner, 9 examples of the GS-1 were produced with just five remaining today. The example offered from the John White Ramshead Collection has been expertly restored and is finished in a beautiful shade of turquoise with a tan interior. It has its class at Pebble Beach three times.

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Rounding out this trans-Atlantic trio is a 1962 Chrysler Ghia L6.4. Production ceased after 26 examples had been built with 17 of those remaining today. Like the Super Dart, the L6.4 was also shown at the New York Auto Show and was later an entrant at the Pebble Beach Concours. It has also been beautifully preserved with 33k miles on the odometer.

Further highlights from the collection include a 1953 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible and 1953 Buick Skylark Convertible. As is a 1948 Dodge D24 Custom Coupe with a one-off custom body by Derham.

See the full collection and all the Scottsdale offerings here.