1969 Pontiac Farago CF 428 Prototype

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The 1969 Farago Pontiac CF 428 concept car was brought about as a result of a special request by John DeLorean, while he was head of the Pontiac Motor Division. DeLorean asked Paul Farago to come up with an exciting car that he could use to tour the world’s auto shows and enhance the company’s image.

Farago was had been responsible, as an engineer at Chrysler, for the Ghia prototypes in the 1950s, and eventually became the man behind the Dual Motor Company in Detroit (the company behind the Dual Ghia luxury convertible). Having just left Ghia and setting up shop with Sergio Coggiola, this was the first project for the firm ‘Carrozziere Coggiola.’ The C represented Coggiola while the F represented Farago. The 428 represented the engine. Paul Farago also helped design the Maserati Ghibli, which is similar in appearance to the long hood short deck design of the Farago Pontiac CF 428.

The Farago Pontiac CF 428 was built using a 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix. The car retains much of its Pontiac Grand Prix parts including exterior tail lights, doors handles, back glass, and interior. Best of all, the car retains its Pontiac powered 428 V8 motor and drive train. The car’s current rolling stock consists of Firestone LXX wheels and tires (which were sold as a set at Firestone dealers in the late 60’s/early 70’s). The car remains in excellent condition today and has been shown at various Concours shows including the famous Meadowbrook Concours dElegance.

The car is owned by Paul Farago’s nephew, Frank Campanale (who’s had it since 1983) of Orchard Lake, Michigan. It is totally original except for parts of the paint, which was re-done after damage was incurred during shipping in the 1980’s.

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