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Fiat – 1500 Cabriolet Gran Sport


Vehicle Overview

In 1946, Ghia designer Felice Bianco suggested to make a special body for the Fiat 1500, just as Revelli had done for an Alfa 6C 2500 in 1943 and Michelotti did for a Lancia Astura in 1948.

Felice Bianco drew the car, the special fenders (with expandable parts) came from Umberto Capalbi. A total of four were built. Two coupés (one with a Fiat 1100 engine, one with a Fiat 1500 engine) and two convertibles (also with 1100 and 1500 cm3). One of the two coupés is said to be in a museum, the second is lost. The convertible with the 1100 engine no longer exists either.

The Fiat 1500 Ghia Cabrio, however, was on the road at many events in Italy in 1947, and with great success: On March 28, the car shared first place with a Maserati A6 1500 GT Pininfarina at the Concours d’Élégance in Monte Carlo, and on May 11, the Ghia in San Remo won the “Città dei Fiori” as the best innovative vehicle at the Concours d’Elégance, and on June 26th the Fiat took part in the Concours d’Elégance in Rome – unfortunately the placement is unknown.

In return, the Fiat won first place at the Concours d’Elégance in Turin on June 28, 1947 and won first prize in its class at the Villa d’Este on September 27.

So 1947 was a very good year for the Ghia.

Originally the car was painted gray-blue at the time to distinguish it from the 1100. Another practical detail: the car could be converted from a two-seater to a four-seater with one hand movement.

Technical Specifications

  • Body
  • Year
  • Make
  • Model
    1500 Cabriolet
  • Coachbuilder
  • Length (mm)
  • Width (mm)
  • Height (mm)
  • Photo credits
    Ard und Arnoud op de Weegh
  • Engine Type
  • Designer
    Felice Bianco

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