This one-off extensively conserved concept vehicle exemplifies the early city/urban car concept, which has become a reality today.
- One-off Ghia Concept/Showcar
- Beautifully conserved, original engine, paint, interior
- Fully functional- only 1419km
- Extensive Conservation/ service/restoration just completed
- Four cylinder 1.3L front wheel drive; four speed manual transmission
- International Auto Show Concept (1981-1983); loaned to the French National Automobile Museum Mulhouse 1983-1986; Ghia Collection 1983-2001; RM Collection 2001-2005; Private collection 2005-present
- Early City/Urban Car Concept
- Metallic anthracite with orange accent and grey/brown suede interior with orange accent
History of the 1982 Ghia Shuttler Concept Car
With the 1982 Ghia Shuttler Concept Car, under the direction of Filippo Sapino, Ghia managed to create a very attractive little city coupe that was, when it was new in 1982, the center of attention wherever it was shown. The small greenhouse slopes gracefully down to a deck so short it barely deserves to be described with the word deck.
Around the greenhouse, continuing the waistline created on the nose by the intersection between the hood and fender, Ghia has built an attractive and functional tray-style spoiler that builds from the middle of the door and wraps around the edge of the decklid which is actually part of the rear hatch.
Great care has been paid to the Ghia Shuttler concept’s aerodynamics as well. The side window glass fits flush with its frames, mirrors are in faired-in enclosures and the door handles are recessed into the doors. A group of 20 holes punched into the hood helps to draw air into the engine compartment.
The interior of the Ghia Shuttler concept has two seats and is unusually well appointed with grey/brown suede cloth accented with orange covering the seats, dash (formed in a sloping tray for storage) and door panels. Ergonomics played and important part as there is ample room for two large adults plus luggage storage behind the seats. Easy access is provided by the hinged rear window/tailgate. The leather covered steering wheel is unique and attractively shaped with a wide single spoke pierced by a good-sized round hole. Instruments and switches are arranged in a cluster of four round housings on the steering column. There is even a small console between the seats with the power window switches, cigarette lighter and a small armrest. The bodywork of hand-formed metal highlights Ghia’s nearly century-old reputation for quality one-off concepts and innovative design.
“Cute” is a positive attribute in automobiles and the Ghia Shuttler concept is undeniably cute.