One of the most celebrated cars in the country has been acquired by Dan Schmitt & Co at their St. Louis gallery. Well known automotive publisher Robert E. Petersen, founder of Hot Rod Magazine, Motor Trend, Petersen Publishing and the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles, was often seen with his beloved 1967 Ghia 450 SS Convertible, a rare roadster of Italian design. It was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and hand-built by Italian coachbuilder Ghia. Only 52 such 450 SS models were produced by Ghia. They say that only 22 of them have survived and still exist today. When they were produced they were as expensive as a Ferrari or Lamborghini. The Italian car was designed to create power with a Plymouth Barracuda engine, the 273 ci V8 with 235 horsepower. Notice the Borrani wire wheels and the fine leather interior. This car was mentioned in the biography of Robert E. Petersen by Hot Rod Magazine when he passed away in 2007.
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