The Dual Motors Company, founded by Eugene Casaroll, used a Dodge chassis as the platform for their Convertible and sent the rolling chassis to the Ghia factory in Italy for fitment with custom built Ghia coachwork. Upon completion, they were shipped back to the Dual Motors factory in Detroit, Michigan where they were fitted with the D-500 engine and the rest of the running gear. Most of the vehicles were produced in 1957 and 1958, though production began in 1956. There were very few changes throughout that period of time. It is unclear exactly how many were produced, though it is believed that around 100 cars were built during the first production run of 1956 through 1958.
This example is chassis number 191 and is painted in its factory color of Eggplant. It has been given a full restoration and remains in excellent condition in modern times. Its early history is not known; the first recorded owner was Mrs. Grace Danko of Woodstock, New York. It was later sold to Peter Balis of Baliston Lake, New York. The next owner was Mr. Wayne Huie in the city of Memphis, Tennessee. Huie kept the car for many years before selling to a Canadian (the current owner).
This car is fitted with Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels and sporty twin rear antennas. The interior is burgundy/cream with leather seats. It is powered by its original 315 cubic-inch V-8 Hemispherical engine and mated to an automatic transmission. The power convertible top is in good overall and workable condition. Other convenience features include power steering, power windows, and power brakes.
In 2008, the car was brought to the Hilton Head Sports & Classic Car Auction presented by the Worldwide Auctioneers. It was estimated to sell for $325,000 - $375,000. Bidding failed to reach those estimates, though a high bid of $319,000 including buyer's premium was enough to satisfy the cars reserve. The lot was sold.
In 2009, this Dual-Ghia Convertible was offered for sale at the Automobiles of Amelia Island auction presented by RM Auctions. It was expected to sell for $225,000 - $300,000. It sold for a high bid of $209,000, including buyer's premium.Also photographed at :