Three Ford concept cars have sold on the BaT Auctions site in the past few years. All three concepts were designed by Ghia and remained one-offs. These concepts had no engines and were merely rolling bodies with interiors. Learn more about the cars with the listing details and the linked Story Cars articles.
1. 1989 Ford Via Concept Car by Ghia
This 1989 Ford Via is a one-off concept car that was built by Ghia and made its North American debut at the 1990 Chicago Auto Show. Designed by a team of stylists that included Ian and Moray Callum, the Via features a fiberglass body with two functioning doors, photosensitive roof panels, a full interior, and fiber-optic lighting. No drivetrain is fitted. The car was purchased by the selling dealer at auction in 2002 as part of the dispersion of concept vehicles from the Ford Motor Company. This rolling Ford/Ghia display car is now offered on a bill of sale in Ontario, Canada.
The blue fiberglass body features four doors, though only the left-side doors open. Styling cues include two hood ducts, two aircraft-style fuel filler caps, and an “active” rear spoiler. The roof features two photosensitive glass panels that are said to darken in bright light, and one of them is removable. The headlights are located at the base of the windshield, and each features nine elements that were reportedly designed to be individually programmable as fog or driving lights. Cracks are noted in the fiberglass on the right-front door and on the rear deck near a fuel filler cap.
Multi-piece 17″ Speedline wheels feature black centers and wear Goodyear tires measuring 225/45 up front and 275/40 out back. The right-front tire sidewall is split. The steering wheel is not connected to the front wheels, which must be turned manually.
The four-seat interior is accessed via the left-side doors and features hard-back front buckets trimmed in taupe and black with a turquoise center stripe. The rear seats and upper door panels are upholstered to match. The seats show signs of age, and a tear in the front door weatherstripping is visible.
The dashboard features a CD player located alongside a set of static metric instruments, which featured a unique lighting system to provide readouts in place of traditional needles. A full-length center console, the simulated shifter for a manual transmission, and faux buttons for front and rear-seat climate controls are also present. The car is wired for power using dual voltage hookups, in order to showcase the lighting system.
View the BaT Auction losing: https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1989-ford-ghia-via/
View the Story Cars article: https://www.story-cars.com/post/1989-ford-via-by-ghia
2. 1996 Ford Ghia Vivace Concept
This 1996 Ford Ghia Vivace is a one-off concept car developed by Ford in alliance with Ghia as an exercise in experimenting with aluminum space frame design techniques. This concept was built around the Ford Mondeo platform, although no drivetrain or steering components are fitted, and the doors do not open. The car was acquired by the seller in 2019 and features a fiberglass body finished in yellow, a brown fabric deck in place of the interior, and unique wheel coverings. This rolling Ford/Ghia display car is now offered at no reserve on a bill of sale in New York.
The fiberglass body is finished in yellow and features a two-door coupe design, although the doors do not open. Styling cues include a pass-through front grille, amber front side markers, fog lights, non-functional dual exhaust outlets, both Ford and Ghia emblems, and a sweeping rear deck that incorporates an enclosed Ghia Vivace nameplate. Scratches, paint chips, and cracks are visible on the nose, and the right-rear quarter panel is cracked. The side-view mirrors have marks from adhesive.
17″ wheels feature unique wheel covers and wear Pirelli P700 tires. The car is not equipped with steering gear and is maneuvered on wheel dollies. The wheel covers are scratched.
The 2+2 interior design features a brown fabric deck with a partial steering wheel and seat backs, none of which are functional. The interior is not accessible through the doors.
The car lacks an engine and transmission, and the body sits atop a boxed steel frame.
View the BaT Auction losing: https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1994-ford-ghia-vivace-concept-car/
View the Story Cars article: https://www.story-cars.com/post/1996-ford-vivace