Dual-Ghia was a short-lived, rare automobile make, produced in the United States beginning in 1956. The venture was masterminded by Eugene Casaroll, who formed Dual Motors in Detroit, Michigan. The design was based on an earlier Chrysler show car named the Firearrow, which had been designed by Virgil Exner. After the first run of Dual-Ghia's, Casaroll's health began to fail, and his chief engineer, Paul Farago, spearheaded the development of a second model, the 6.4L, a coupe which was produced until 1963.
The design of the original Dual Ghia was fairly conservative with single headlamps and slab-sided features, avoiding fins and other styling gimmicks. A Dodge frame and drivetrain was transported to Italy, where the bodywork was fabricated by the coachbuilder Carrozzeria Ghia. Performance was excellent, due to the cars being powered by the 315 cid Dodge hemispherical-head short-stroke V8 engine. Out of the 117 cars produced, 32 still exist.
Most Dual Ghias were bought by American celebrities, such as Frank Sinatra, Sterling Hayden and Richard Nixon. Desi Amaz owned one, but wrecked it. Legend says that Ronald Regan owned one, but lost it in a high-stakes poker game with then-President Lyndon Johnson.
This Dual-Ghia is freshly restored and retains its original wire wheels.