Rare Rides: This Fox-Platform Ghia Concept Wants to Probe Your Bank Account
Our august editor Mark pointed out to me how I might bring some of the rare, quirky, and oddball cars I’m always posting to our internal Slack chat to you. So here we are, with a segment I’m going to call Rare Rides.
Here’s our first entry, from a Hemmings listing, is a fantastic looking Ghia Probe I concept from all the way back before automatic transmissions and air conditioning: 1979.
It debuted for the 48th annual Frankfurt International Motor show, and — unlike many concept vehicles — it actually works. It’s powered by the 2.3-liter engine from a contemporary Mustang. Many of you will undoubtedly take issue with this engine, then tell us all about why it’s so awful. The design managed a drag coefficient of just .22, which is both impressive and important in a post-OPEC Crisis world. For comparison, General Motors tells me a 2014 Corvette Stingray has a drag coefficient of .28.
Underneath all the glorious and dramatic coachwork, though, sits Ford’s familiar Fox platform. Sajeev should probably buy it and turn it into a Mark IX Ghia 3.5 EcoBoost. I know it’s possible.
More photos are available at Hemmings.
[Images: Scott Grundfor Co. via Hemmings]
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