Think back on the 1960’s culture, and one’s first thoughts might focus on the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and the hippie movement. The decade started out on a different note. The Rat Pack, with Frank Sinatra as ‘Chairman of the Board’ started the 60’s with the feel-good momentum from the 1950’s, with over the top swagger and impeccable style. Dean Martin was Sinatra’s right hand man with a successful career in music with a hit parade of singles. Being in the Rat Pack was elite, and Dean Martin was one of the main acts.
Jalopnik reported that you can own a piece of said Rat Pack premiere member Dean Martin’s car. It is no ordinary car, as befitting a man at the very height of his career and ruling the Strip in Las Vegas. The car in question is a 1962 Ghia L6.4. The Ghia married Italian coachwork with American power. A true grand tourer, the Ghia is powered by a Chrysler 383 with 335hp paired to a three-speed automatic. Only 26 L6.4s were built, and each one was bespoke to the buyers wishes.
Dean Martin’s Ghia was sent to world renowned car customizer George Barris for subtle modification, to, um, separate it from the 25 other Ghia L6.4s built. It would just be awkward to come across the same Ghia, as Frank Sinatra owned one himself. Dean Martin’s car is completely original, and has never been restored, yet appears to be in excellent condition. This Ghia is for sale by Hyman Limited for a cool $199,500USD. If you were curious as to what exclusivity and coolness cost, there is your answer.
If it were me, I’d slide onto the gorgeous leather black seat with a fantastic patina, grip the Nardi wood steering wheel with a fine cigar, my lovely wife at my side and whisk ourselves down to Atlantic City, since there is nothing cooler than hitting Dino’s AC haunts in his own car.