The Super Dart 400 was built on a 1957 Chrysler 300 C chassis, complete with Chrysler running gear from front to back. Produced on the Chrysler industrial engine line, the dual carbureted 392 c.i. Power Pack Hemi was exclusively fitted for the Super Dart, producing a claimed 400 horsepower (hence the ‘400’ signature shown in the name). The exterior styling, while reminiscent of its Gilda and Dart predecessors, is delightfully futuristic, elegant, and undoubtedly what gave Exner his inspiration for production vehicles in the coming years. The exaggerated high-rise fins, artistic front grill, and rakish roofline add to the uniqueness of this automobile. Perhaps one of the most notable design features is the custom recessed side trim joining the front and rear bumpers in a pleasing and practical wraparound fashion. Adorning the interior of the Super Dart with the fine Italian feel are four black and white leather bucket seats, a full-length flowing center console, and a futuristic dashboard design that is characteristically Ghia. Additional features include Chrysler Airtemp air conditioning, three-speed push button transmission, front disc brakes, power steering, power windows, front power operated seats, AM radio, and Chrysler’s Highway Hi-Fi record player.
With just over 49,000 original miles, this one-off Ghia show car presents itself in an unrestored, unmodified condition with original paint, chrome, and upholstery, just as it left the show circuit in 1958. This seldomly seen and largely unknown show car remains a historically significant piece of automotive history and custom coachbuilding.