Ford Product Development Center
16 June 2002
This Lot has no reserve
GHIA SHUTTLER CONCEPT
Metallic anthracite with orange accent and grey/brown cloth interior with orange accent
The Ghia Shuttler concept is based on the Fiesta platform, shortened to a wheelbase of only 77 inches. That is only 16 inches longer than the Ghia Shuttler concept is wide.
In this diminutive space Ghia has managed to create a very attractive little city coupe that was, when it was new in 1986, the center of attention wherever it appeared. Starting with a typical Fiesta nose, Ghia managed to create an attractive, if tiny, greenhouse that 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 probably 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 is curious, but does draw the eye.
Inside the Ghia Shuttler concept has two seats and is unusually well appointed with grey/brown cloth accented with orange covering the seats, dash (formed in a sloping tray for storage) and door panels. The steering wheel is unusually but attractively shaped with a wide single spoke pierced by a good-sized round hole. Instruments and (dummy) 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 is metal and the door gaps and panel fits are very good. 155/70R13 Pirelli P4 tires are mounted on steel wheels with plastic covers.
"Cute" is a positive attribute in automobiles and the Ghia Shuttler concept is undeniably cute.
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