Rare Rides: This Fox-Platform Ghia Concept Wants to Probe Your Bank Account

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis
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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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  • Sajeev Mehta Sajeev Mehta on Feb 09, 2017

    Goodness that would look SO CHOICE next to TTAC's Ford Sierra. FYI: that's not the original motor. When that was new, the only 2.3 available had a blow thru carb. That motor is 1983-ish.

    • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Feb 09, 2017

      Interesting. I wonder who it was who bothered to change it out.

  • Tsoden Tsoden on Feb 09, 2017

    For some reason, I look at this and all I see is a Chrysler Daytona Shelby that mated with a GM EV1

  • Cprescott I remember when Fords were affordable.
  • Cprescott As a once very LOYAL FORD buyer, I had to replace my 22 year old Ford (bought new in 1997) once it finally started to have problems at 180k miles. I would have gladly purchased something like this from Ford but they abandoned me as a car buyer. Oddly, Hyundai still builds cars in a variety of flavors so I became a customer of theirs and am very happy. Likely will consider another once this one gets up in mileage.
  • SCE to AUX A friend once struck a mounted tire that was laying flat in the middle of her lane on the PA Turnpike. She was in a low late-90s Grand Prix, and the impact destroyed the facia, core support, radiators, oil pan, transmission, subframe, and suspension. They fixed it all.
  • Dukeisduke Lol, it's not exactly a Chevrolet SS with Holden badging.
  • Dukeisduke Years ago, I was driving southbound along North Central Expressway (south of Mockingbird Lane, for locals), and watched a tire and wheel fall out of the bed of a pickup (no tailgate), bounce along, then centerpunch the front end of a Honda Accord. It wasn't pretty.