1953 Cadillac Series 62 by Ghia
During the mid-1950s it was still possible to order a chassis from an automobile manufacturer and have it sent to a coachbuilder for a custom body to be built and fitted. This is such a car.
The world's wealthiest man at the time, Prince Aly Khan, gave this Cadillac with Ghia coachwork as a gift to actress Rita Hayworth, to whom he was married briefly.
The car was one of two built by Ghia and nicely combines the exotic looks of an Italian-bodied custom automobile with powerful and reliable Cadillac running gear.
Other coachbuilders that created special bodies for Cadillac during the 1940s and 1950s included Pinin Farina of Italy, Saoutchik of Paris, and Coachcraft of Hollywood.
This vehicle is one of only two Cadillac series 62 built with coachwork by Ghia of Torino, Italy. This flamboyant coupe on an American premier luxury car chassis was the epitome of auto design in the early 1950s.
Ghia coachworks established itself as one of the finest automotive designers in Torino, the hub of Italy's automotive industry. Giacinto Ghia did his apprenticeship in the earlier carriage building trade only to later come out on top as one of the best in auto design and construction. His philosophy of producing cars in limited numbers and to a very high quality is definitely shown in this work of art.