1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car Convertible / 197 Chassis Information

1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car photograph

1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car photograph

1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car photograph

1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car photograph

1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car photograph

1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car photograph

1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car photograph

1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car photograph

1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car photograph

1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car photograph

1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car photograph

1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car photograph

1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car photograph

1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car photograph

1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car photograph

1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car photograph

1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car photograph

1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car photograph

1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car photograph

1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car photograph

1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car photograph

1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car photograph

1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car photograph

1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car photograph

1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car photograph

1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car photograph

1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car photograph

1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car photograph

1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car photograph

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Convertible
Coachwork: Ghia
Designer: Paul Farago
Chassis #: 197
Engine # D-500-7723
Sold for $412,500 at 2015 Russo & Steele : Monterey.
Sold for $401,500 at 2017 Bonhams : Quail Lodge.
Virgil Exner, chief designer at Chrysler teamed with Ghia to build a number of concept cars on Dodge chassis. Among these were four Dodge Firearrow show cars that were engineered as road-going models. They were shown all across America but were never put into production. Eugene Casaroll, owner of the first automobile shipping company in America, finally bought the designs and built the car himself. He first bought Dual Motors in Michigan, which was the starting point for the Dual-Ghias. Combining a chassis from Chrysler and contracting the bodywork to Ghia in Turin, the cars were expensive and exclusive and were bought by suitably rich and exclusive people - Frank Sinatra, Peter Lawford, Eddie Fisher, Glenn Ford and Desi Arnaz were all owners. Built as both coupes and convertibles, around 117 Dual Ghias were made from 1957 onwards.

First-series production lasted from 1956 to 1958 with 117 examples built during that time. All but two were Convertibles. In 1961, Eugene Casaroll revived the concept with a new series. Built entirely in Italy, the second-series Dual-Ghia L6.4 used its own bespoke chassis as Chrysler had gone to unitary construction on all its models except the Imperial. Chrysler's 383 CID V8 engine was used to provide the power. Just 26 of these cars were made before production ceased in 1963.

Dual-Ghia production numbers began with 100. This particular example, chassis number 197, is one of the last cars built at the end of the production run. It is believed to have been purchased new for the daughter of the family who owned the Washington Post. In the early 1970s, it was gifted to an employee of the Post. The car would then find its way to Greenville, South Carolina where it was cared for by both Marvin Gregory, and then by Mark Bueker. In 2004, Mark Bueker would sell the Dual-Ghia to Joe Morgan of Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. Mr. Morgan commissioned a nut-and-bolt restoration.

Shortly after the restoration was complete, the car was purchased by Michael and Bebe Schudroff of Greenwich, Connecticut. It was shown at the 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance where it won a Second Place award in the 'Class P: Ghia Styling.' That year, the Dual-Ghia was also awarded the People's Choice award at the Fairfield County, Connecticut Concours d'Elegance and would go on to be selected from over 250 entries as the official 'Poster Car' for the 2011 edition of the Greenwich, Connecticut Concours d'Elegance.

Convertible
Coachwork: Ghia
Designer: Paul Farago
Chassis #: 197
Engine # D-500-7723
Sold for $412,500 at 2015 Russo & Steele : Monterey.
Sold for $401,500 at 2017 Bonhams : Quail Lodge.
Eugene Casaroll nearly single-handedly invented the car-delivery business with his Auto Shippers enterprise and his Dual Motors Corporation built fleets of twin-engine military vehicles during World War II. He later diversified into the high-end automobile manufacturing business, acquiring the production rights to the Virgil Exner-designed, Ghia-built Dodge Firebomb concept car of 1955 that he renamed 'Dual-Ghia.'

Dual Motors shipped modified Dodge chassis from Detroit to Torino, where Ghia fitted the chassis with handmade bodies. Upon completion, the cars were returned to the Dual facilities where the cars received their Dodge D-500 V-8 engines and PowerFlite automatic transmissions. The production lifespan was short, last from 1957 to 1958, with the original Virgil Exner design mostly intact, only receiving slight modifications.

Production totals for the Dual-Ghia is often quoted at 117 cars built, which included prototypes, with all but two being convertibles. Marque experts often state that less than 100 examples were built. Priced at $7,646, the Dual-Ghia was $1,000 more than Cadillac's Eldorado Biarritz convertible.

Mr. Casaroll had intended to build 150 cars per year. It is believed that 73 examples remain in existence today. It's hard to be certain since none of the factory's shipping or original ownership records survive.

Dual-Ghias were numbered starting from 100. This particular example is chassis number 197 and was one of the last of these luxurious cars produced. It was reportedly purchased new from the daughter of the owners of The Washington Post. Circa 1971-1972, the car was gifted to a man who worked for the owners of the Post when he moved away from Washington, DC. Marvin Gregory of Greenville, South Carolina, owned the Dual-Ghia during the 1970s, and it was titled in Mr. Gregory's name during 1978. The next known owner was Mark Bueker, also of Greenville, who in turn sold the car to Joe Morgan of Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, in 2004 or 2005. A concours-level restoration soon followed. In 2010, Mr. Morgan sold the vehicle to Michael Schudroff.

Mr. Schudroff was invited to enter the Dual-Ghia into the 2010 edition of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, where it earned an award. That year, it was also awarded the People's Choice award at the Fairfield County Concours d'Elegance in Connecticut, and it went on to be the official 'poster car' for the 2011 edition of the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance and Best in Show.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2014

2017 Bonhams : Quail Lodge

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$300,000-$375,000 
Sale Price :
$401,500

2015 Russo & Steele : Monterey

Sale Price :
$412,500

2014 Gooding & Company - Amelia Island Sale

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$350,000-$450,000 
Lot was not sold

2018 1
2017 3
2015 4
2013 4
2011 2
2010 1
2009 3
2008 2
2004 2
2003 2

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2018$417,500$417,5001
2017$324,500$401,5003
2015$343,750$429,0004
2013$364,375$495,0004
2011$223,750$247,5002
2010$170,500$170,5001
2009$240,167$363,0003
2008$247,500$319,0002
2004$73,150$82,5002
2003$105,600$126,5002

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1957 sales)
1957 Dual-Ghia Convertible
Chassis#: 145
Sold for $417,500
  2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car image  1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car image  
1957 Dual-Ghia Convertible
Chassis#: 125
Sold for $341,000
  2017 RM Sothebys : Hershey
1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car image  1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car image  
1958 Dual-Ghia Convertible
Chassis#: 197
Sold for $401,500
  2017 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car image  1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car image  
1957 Dual-Ghia
Chassis#: DG128
Sold for $231,000
  2017 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island
1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car image  
1958 Dual-Ghia Convertible
Chassis#: 197
Sold for $412,500
  2015 Russo & Steele : Monterey
1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car image  1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car image  
1957 Dual-Ghia
Chassis#: 134
Sold for $264,000
  2015 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours
1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car image  1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car image  
1957 Dual-Ghia Convertible
Chassis#: 162
Sold for $429,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : The Andrews Collection
 
1957 Dual Ghia Convertible
Chassis#: D5008336
Sold for $269,500
  2015 WorldWide Auctions - Houston Classic Auction
 
1957 Dual-Ghia Convertible by Carrozzeria Ghia
Chassis#: 145
Sold for $456,500
  2013 RM Auction - Art of the Automobile
1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car image  1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car image  
1957 Dual-Ghia Convertible
Chassis#: 100
Sold for $330,000
  2013 RM Auctions - Monterey
1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car image  1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car image  
1957 Dual-Ghia
Chassis#: DG154
Sold for $495,000
  2013 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach
 
1957 Dual-Ghia Convertible
Chassis#: 134
Sold for $176,000
  2013 Gooding and Company - The Scottsdale Auction
1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car image  1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car image  
1957 Dual - Ghia
Chassis#: 135
Sold for $200,000
  2011 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions
1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car image  
1957 Dual-Ghia Convertible
Chassis#: 158
Sold for $247,500
  2011 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Amelia Island
1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car image  1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car image  
1957 Dual Ghia Convertible
Sold for $170,500
  2010 Worldwide Auctions - The Auburn Auction
 
1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car
Chassis#: 132
Sold for $181,500
  2009 Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey by RM Auctions
1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car image  1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car image  
1957 Dual-Ghia By Paul Farago
Chassis#: 120
Sold for $363,000
  2009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company
 
1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car
Sold for $176,000
  2009 Automobiles of Arizona
1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car image  1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car image  
1957 Dual-Ghia Convertible
Chassis#: DUA12157
Sold for $176,000
  2008 Sports & Classics of Monterey by RM Auctions
1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car image  1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car image  
1957 Dual-Ghia Convertible
Chassis#: 158
Sold for $319,000
  2008 RM Auctions - The Wayne Davis Collection
1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car image  1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1957 Dual-GhiaDG1542017 Gooding & Co. : Scottsdale, AZ $450,000$525,000
1958 Dual-Ghia1972014 Gooding & Company Amelia Island Sale $350,000$450,000
1957 Dual Ghia Convertible 2011 Mecum Auctions Dallas, TX Auction$150,000  
1957 DUAL-GHIA CONVERTIBLE 2011 Auctions America Spring Auburn$165,000  
1957 DUAL GHIA CONVERTIBLE 2011 Auctions America Fort Lauderdale$150,000  
1957 Dual-Ghia Convertible1282010 Bonhams Quail Lodge $225,000$275,000
1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car1322009 Sports & Classics of Monterey$120,000$180,000$220,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Dual Ghia Convertible1956 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis information for the Dual Ghia Convertible1956 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: D63392893
Chassis information for the Dual Ghia Sports Car1957 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis information for the Dual Ghia Sports Car1957 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis information for the Dual Ghia Sports Car1957 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis information for the Dual Ghia Sports Car1957 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis information for the Dual Ghia Sports Car1957 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis information for the Dual Ghia Sports Car1957 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis information for the Dual Ghia Sports Car1957 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis information for the Dual Ghia Sports Car1957 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis information for the Dual Ghia Sports Car1957 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: 100
Chassis information for the Dual Ghia Sports Car1957 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: 119
Chassis information for the Dual Ghia Sports Car1957 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: 125
Chassis information for the Dual Ghia Sports Car1957 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: 132
Chassis information for the Dual Ghia Sports Car1957 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: 134
Chassis information for the Dual Ghia Sports Car1957 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: 135
Chassis information for the Dual Ghia Sports Car1957 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: 145
Chassis information for the Dual Ghia Sports Car1957 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: 158
Chassis information for the Dual Ghia Sports Car1957 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: 197
Engine Num: D-500-7723
Chassis information for the Dual Ghia Sports Car1957 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: DG128
Engine Num: D500-7715
Chassis information for the Dual Ghia Sports Car1957 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: DUA12157
Chassis information for the Dual Ghia Convertible1958 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis information for the Dual Ghia Convertible1958 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis information for the Dual Ghia Convertible1958 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis information for the Dual Ghia 4001958 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis information for the Dual Ghia 4001958 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis information for the Dual Ghia Convertible1958 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: 128
Engine Num: 7715
Chassis information for the Dual Ghia Convertible1958 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: 185
Chassis information for the Dual Ghia Convertible1958 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: 192
Engine Num: D633-I06704
Chassis information for the Dual Ghia Convertible1958 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: 195
Chassis information for the Dual Ghia Convertible1958 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: 5169
Chassis information for the Dual Ghia Convertible1958 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: DG191


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