Omnium Gatherum

I had to take this picture this morning from the end of my driveway.

Don’t worry, photobyjohnbo, my photographs will never approach yours in quality.

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This was in my Twitter feed (@RulesofLogic1):

 

“File under: Socialism destroys what it pretends to defend.

Spain. Government decided to raise minimum wage 22% in January.

Social Security Affiliation fell 136,000 and unemployment rose by 87,000 in January and February.”

 

Socialism doesn’t work!

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Wow! Double Wow! From classiccarweekly.net a picture of a 1955 Chrysler Ghia ST Special. A car like this was just offered for sale at the recently concluded Mecum auction in Glendale, Arizona. The car didn’t sell, but the high bid was $450,000.

Do you really care about the drive train? OK, this car was powered by a 331 cubic-inch Chrysler Hemi V-8 rated at 250 HP/340 LB-FT of torque. It had a 2-speed Powerflite automatic transmission.

Ghia is a famous Italian coachbuilder and this car is yet another example of what I call an original hybrid: American drive train with European styling. This car also has an American chassis; in this case a Chrysler New Yorker chassis.

According to the Mecum listing this car was the last design in the collaboration between legendary stylist Virgil Exner and Ghia chief Luigi Segre that lasted from 1951-1955. Only four examples of this car were produced in 1955.

An aside: for an auction that was only announced last November, the docket at the Mecum Glendale auction was very impressive. I just wish Mecum would allow its online lot photos to be captured. I mean, it’s not like someone else can sell the car once it’s been consigned.

I posted about a similar car, the Dual-Ghia, last June. I thought that was the epitome of rolling sculpture, but I think I like the way the ST Special looks even more. So would an original version cost more or less than a replica made from scratch? Why am I asking as I couldn’t afford either one…

 

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