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Ford Flashback

The Ford Flashback by Ghia Torino.

Vehicle Overview

The Ford Flashback emerged as a whimsical and nostalgic concept car crafted by Ghia Torino in Italy. Sporting an unconventional silhouette, this diminutive two-seater prototype boasted distinctive features including an elongated hood, prominent headlights, side louvers, and a bustle-back adorned with leather straps and knock-off spinners on wire spoke wheels. Presented at the Chicago Auto Show, it remained a singular creation, never advancing beyond prototype status. Dubbed Flashback, this compact city car served as a collaborative venture between Ford and Ghia, the renowned Italian design house and coachbuilder, based in Turin. Drawing inspiration from the design elements of the 1930s and ’40s, the Flashback showcased a plethora of vintage touches within its compact frame. Notable features included a formal grille, a hood ornament, podded headlights, knockoff wire wheels, a glass roof, front fender side vents, hood louvers, and faux leather straps adorning its bustled trunk panel. While primarily a two-seater, it offered a plush upholstered package shelf in the rear. At its debut, discussions revolved around luxury and timeless design rather than powertrains or performance metrics. The vision was to encapsulate classic elegance within a remarkably compact package. While the concept stirred interest, neither Lincoln nor Cadillac, despite ongoing contemplation, have managed to materialize a similarly enchanting design or fully commit to producing such a premium ultracompact commuter vehicle. During this period, Ford held ownership of Ghia, acquired from Alejandro deTomaso in the early 1970s as part of a broader acquisition involving Ghia/DeTomaso/Vignale. However, the subsequent management of the Ghia brand has regrettably failed to preserve its legacy, leading to a dissipation of its once-renowned name.

 

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