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1967 Ghia 450 SS

Known more for their role in lending a design edge to some Fords and Volkswagens over the years, Ghia developed a few of their own cars years ago, albeit in small numbers. The 450SS was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro during his stint at the design firm.

Unveiled at the 1966 Turin International Auto Show, it was produced through 1967, with a limited number of 52 being built by hand. These cars were built on a Plymouth Barracuda chassis and were powered by Chrysler’s 273 V8 mated to a 3-speed Torqueflite transmission. Rarer than most Italian exotics, these Ghias are certainly attention getters and one of the most elegant looking roadsters of the period.

Year: 1967
Model: 450SS
Engine: 4.8 liter V8
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: N/A
Price: Reserve auction

Carriage House Motor Cars is pleased to offer a very special and unusual 1967 Ghia 450 SS for bid. This car is 1 of 52 ever produced and one of less than half that number known to still exist.

It features it’s original 273 Formula S Plymouth Barracuda V8 and 3 Speed TorqueFlite Automatic Transmission. The vision of Hollywood producer Burt Sugarman, these cars were produced for only a couple of years (1966-67) and were sold for the staggering sum at that time of $13,000. Giorgetto Giugiaro designed the original concept known as the Ghia GT based on a Fiat 2100 chassis and proudly displayed the car at the 1966 Turin Automobile Show.

This example was the property of a prominent collector here in the New York Area and originally a rust free car from Southern California. Cosmetically superb with very nice paint and chrome, Borrani Wire Wheels that were just detailed and the optional factory hardtop.

The soft top is good condition and a very nice original leather interior. Mechanically the car is very nice with a smooth running original Barracuda drivetrain featuring the Formula S V8 and 3 Speed Torqueflite Automatic Transmission. This car is sold as is and for further information, please call Scott at 914-450-0568. Carriage House Motor Cars

for a child 4 days: hot saddles, hard pedals and sore bums

Waaah Jenno This Is An Epic Journey

my travel stories

They say pictures speak a thousand words, however i believe words paint out the pictures and give them life or even  giving the pictures the motion that is frozen in them. I have written many if not a few words that turned out to be a story or tales that many have gone through and saw life in the words then pictures got motion in them dragging someone into the past that they didn’t take part in. However, it becomes great if the story is written or has many characters in it not just the writer and the reader but a number of version of stories as by witnesses and told by many.

So this time round its one of an experience, record breaking (not world record but personal record) that i only thought to do it would be a dream thanks to the blindness of my comfort zone that…

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1969-1973 Maserati Ghibli SS Tipo

1969-1973 Maserati Ghibli SS Tipo AM115/49
Number Produced 1170 (total Ghibli & Ghibli SS production)

The dry sump design had been devised in order to best accommodate the low bonnet line of Giugiaro’s sleek coupé, and was later used for the very same reason on the Khamsin. Horsepower was up to 335 which guaranteed a top speed of 280 kph (175 mph). This turned the Ghibli SS into the fastest Maserati road car in production. Prodigious braking performance came from the to twin-servo assisted ventilated discs with three pistons per calliper.

The equipment level was worthy of such a thoroughbred GT with adjustable steering column, anti-theft steering lock, leather upholstery, tinted & electric windows, reclining seats with head rests, heated rear windscreen, dashboard clock and even air conditioning were all came as standard

Dry weight 3,640 lbs (1,660 kg)
Top speed 285 Km/h (177 mph)
Bodywork 2-door, 2+2 coupé
Engine 90° V8, light alloy casting with pressed-in cylinder liners in special cast iron
Bore and stroke 3.7×3.5 inches (93.9×89 mm)
Total displacement 4,930 cc
Maximum power 335 bhp at 5,500 rpm
Maximum torque 49 Kgm (355.5 lbs/ft) at 4,000 rpm

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My Friend Nick Is Always Thoughfull

Muthumbi Nick

12th December 2015, Kenya marks its 52nd year as an independent country. Though we have our own share of trouble there’s much to smile about.

I love my motherland.

Tell me, where do you find blind beggars rejecting fake notes? Kenya.
Where do you find cripples running after street urchins who steal their coins? Yep! You are right. Kenya.

To be honest, it would suck living in a country with no fake men of the robe. The occasional false prophet saga puts a permanent signature to our comic motherland.
Go to Paris, mention “Mbegu” and watch everyone get amused. “You’re from Kenia. Right?” they’ll ask, yet they already know the answer.

It is only in Kenya where you ask a stupid question and the answers you’ll get will make you stitch up your mouth every time you leave the house.

And the Kenyan touts will leave you in stitches…

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1965 Mercer Cobra Roadster.

1965 Mercer-Cobra Roadster

Mercer was an American automobile manufacturer that produced cars before World War II.

The stunning Mercer Cobra Roadster was a one-off vehicle commissioned by the Copper Development Association.

“Its design was drawn up by Virgil Exner and Virgil Exner, Jr. and was built using a Shelby Cobra chassis, and can be found on the Shelby American World Registry as sold through Shelby American in February 1964.

Not only did Shelby provide the chassis, but the company also provided the engine and gearbox.”

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1960 Vespa 400

The 1960 Vespa 400 were Two Door Coupe Which Were Two Sitters
They Were Rear Wheel Driven.

In Italian Vespa means wasp, which couldnt be more appropriate for this bright yellow and black Vespa 400 coupe.

Introduced in 1957 and engineered by Piaggio, the Italian manufacturer of the ubiquitous motor scooters which inspired a generation of La Dolce Vita, the Vespa automobile was built in Piaggios French factory. A rear-mounted 393cc 2-stroke twin produced 20 brake horsepower and drove through a 3-speed transmission to the rear wheels.

Only one body style was offered, a 2-door coupe with folding fabric sunroof, but it weighed only 850 pounds at the curb.

It was only 112 long; two could fit comfortably perpendicular to the curb in an average American parking space. Good performance encouraged weight loss by its occupants — a couple of generous sized Americans could increase a Vespa 440s mass by 50%. In other word, a Vespa 400 is small.

Finished, as mentioned, in yellow with a black folding roof, black upholstery and interior trim piped in yellow, this little wasp has been cosmetically redone recently with fresh paint, upholstery and a detailed engine compartment. It is much more unusual than Isettas, Jollys and Fiat 500s and will bring smiles and cheery waves from onlookers wherever it appears. It is ideal for running errands, weekend jaunts or as a shore tender for classic yachts. In a vehicle this small (and it is small) packaging is a challenge, so if youre looking for the battery, its on a tray that slides out from between the headlights.

Realistically, most of these Vespa microcars tend to sell in the $15,000 to $23,000 range. This 400 appears to be a very tidy example, but is priced quite a bit outside the normal range. There are those rare instances where cars, such as the Amphicar back at Barrett Jackson a few years ago, brought serious money. Perhaps a city dweller that is well to do and needs something small and efficient for around town driving would be willing to pay top dollar for the best example of a Vespa automobile that he can find. Time can only tell.

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