Petrolicious eats up Rita Hayworth’s 1953 Cadillac Ghia


Via autoblog: The automotive industry has seem some wonderful transoceanic collaborations between America and Italy, from the Ford-powered De Tomasos of the 1960s to the alliance between Fiat and Chrysler today. Of course it’s also seen unfortunate experiments in between like the Chrysler TC by Maserati and the Pininfarina-bodied Cadillac Allanté. But before any of those, there was a beautiful tradition of rebodying American steel at the hands of Italian carrozzerie. And this could easily be among the most gorgeous of them all.

It’s a Cadillac Series 62 from 1953 with bodywork by Ghia. It’s one of only two made, and has a star-studded history. The car was purchased by Aly Khan, prince of the Nizari Ismaili muslims and Pakistan’s ambassador to the United Nations, for his wife… who just so happened to be the inimitable Rita Hayworth. They split up, but she held on to the car. Today it’s part of the permanent collection at the Petersen Automotive Museum in LA, so the videographical artisans at Petrolicious went by to check it out. You’ll want to as well in the five-minute short above.

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