1958 Imperial Crown Limousine by Ghia

Steve Loftin

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What a beauty!:

 

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Brady D Smith

PCS Life Member / PCS Past President
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That used to belong to a fellow in the Detroit area. He parked near me at the Packard proving grounds one dayAnd I had the opportunity to drool over it most of the day. What a magnificent automobile. If I hit the lottery that will be my first purchase
 

Brady D Smith

PCS Life Member / PCS Past President
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I owned a '58 Ghia Imperial limousine...... very briefly. So briefly, that I never moved it! I paid $800 for it, and sold it for $1800(without touching it)! It was EXTREMELY rough!
Oh my. I wouldn’t have cared how rough it was I would’ve outbid him
 

Kurt Arends

PCS Elected Director 2021-2024
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Oh my. I wouldn’t have cared how rough it was I would’ve outbid him
There is(last I knew) a '59 Ghia Imperial Limousine somewhere on the north side of Detroit. In late 1985 or early 1986, there was a large collection of cars that was auctioned off in the Saginaw/Bay City area. I previewed the auction, but I wasn't there(as I recall) for the auction itself. The Ghia was absolutely gorgeous and the story was that it was originally the Michigan Governor's car! It really needed nothing. This was my first year at Northwood University in Midland and I was in no position to buy anything! I somehow discovered who had purchased the car(I believe through the auctioneers) and I connected with the new owners. Within that year following the auction, I made arrangements to stop by to see the folks who had purchased it. These new owners lived in a "very needy" large Victorian home and I remember there being an old barn out back. The yard was FULL of old Triumps, MGs, and other European sports cars. There sat the Ghia along side of the driveway..... probably where it was unloaded by whoever transported it home. I remember, at that time, thinking.... 'this is not good"!

Fast forward to about 3 or 4 years ago. I had just sold my buddy, Smitty, my '58 Ghia Imperial Limo. Smitty owns a restoration shop in Beltsville, MD and is a huge Mopar guy. Smitty told me that he had just been contacted by a gentleman that lived just north of Detroit who owned a '59 Ghia. This gentleman was wanting to sell his car. Smitty told me that the car had basically rotted into the ground. I can only assume that it was the same '59 and that the car never moved from that spot where I had last seen it. Very sad.
 

Paul Steinberg

Administrator
Staff member
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Sandy had a customer that had a Ghia, and I believe that it was a 1958. I spent a lot of time talking to him about the car, but never got his name or number. He was a regular customer, however, it has been a few years since he was last in the store. The only thing that I can think of, is that he has passed away. The car was complete and a reliable driver, but it did need a cosmetic restoration.
 
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