19561957 Sports Car

1958 Dual Ghia Convertible

Vehicle Profiles

Convertible
Coachwork: Ghia

Chassis Num: DG191

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 shippe....[continue reading]

Convertible
Coachwork: Ghia

Chassis Num: 128
Engine Num: 7715

This car is chassis number 128 and has a body painted in yellow with a matching tan top and camel-colored interior. In 2007 it was brought to the Bonhams Auction, An Important Sale of Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia, held at the Quail Lo....[continue reading]

Convertible
Coachwork: Ghia

Chassis Num: 192
Engine Num: D633-I06704

This first-generation Dual-Ghia was originally purchased by a collector and spent part of its life in a temperate Floridian climate. Prior to being sold to its current owner, the car was treated to a nut-and-bolt restoration that was carried out to a....[continue reading]

Convertible
Coachwork: Ghia

Chassis Num: 5169

There were approximately 117 examples of the Dual-Ghia Convertible (including the prototype) produced. All but two were convertibles. They carried a price tag of $7,646, a considerable sum making them one of the most expensive cars of its era. Even w....[continue reading]

Convertible
Coachwork: Ghia

Chassis Num: 185

Eugene A. Casaroll was an American-Italian businessman who set-up Dual Motors during World War II to build trucks and generators for the military. He also ran Automobile Shippers, Chrysler's main car transporter. Smitten with the 1954 Dodge Firearrow....[continue reading]

Convertible
Coachwork: Ghia

Chassis Num: 195

This Dual-Ghia Convertible, chassis number 195, is a late-production example that was produced approximately three cars prior to the end of its first-generation Dual-Ghia production. It has the Dodge Red Ram V-8 engine which produces 230-brake horsep....[continue reading]

Convertible
Coachwork: Ghia

The combined talents of Virgil Exner at Chrysler and Carrozzeria Ghia in Turin developed four Dodge Fire Arrows concept cars that were to be the basis of a future production model. They were extensively exhibited across America but were never put in ....[continue reading]

Convertible by Ghia
Chassis #: DG191 
Convertible by Ghia
Chassis #: 128 
Convertible by Ghia
Chassis #: 192 
Convertible by Ghia
Chassis #: 5169 
Convertible by Ghia
Chassis #: 185 
Convertible by Ghia
Chassis #: 195 
Convertible by Ghia
 

History

Eugene Casaroll, proprietor of Automobile Shippers Incorporated, was the individual responsible for the creation of the Dual-Ghia. The design was inspired by Virgini Exner's Dodge Firearrow, later called the Firebomb, show car. When Chrysler decided not to produce the car, Casaroll purchased the original Firebomb show car. It was re-engineered for public sale by designer Paul Farago. The interior room was increased, as was the luggage space. The chassis was from Chrysler, which was sent to Turin, Italy to have Ghia create the coachwork. Ghia had created the original Firebomb body, thus were the perfect craftsman to create the production vehicle. When the bodies were assembled, they were shipped to Detroit where Dual Motors fitted the drive-train and interior trim. The first series were equipped with Chryslers D500 and D500-1 engines. The D500 displaced 315 cubic-inches and produced 230 horsepower. The D500-1 had a larger, 325 cubic-inch displacement and 260 horsepower.

Production of this series lasted from 1956 through 1958 with a total of 117 examples constructed. There were two convertibles and the rest were coupes. The cars were competitively price considering they cost less than a Cadillac Eldorado and the Lincoln Continental. Just like many new automotive upstarts, the Dual Motors Company lost money on every car.

The concept was later revived in 1961. This time it was produced entirely in Italy in hopes of reducing the cost and expenses. This series is commonly known as the L6.4 as they were powered by Chrysler's 383 cubic-inch (6.4-liter) V8 engine. The chassis was its own, as Chrysler now used a unitary construction method. The cars were offered in hardtop coupe form only. Casaroll doubled the price in hopes of turning a profit, or at least break even. Problems continued to escalate as overhead costs continued to soar. Production continued until 1963 with a total of 26 examples created.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2008
The Dual Ghia was inspired by the Chrysler Fire-Arrow prototype and went on sale in 1956. It had been introduced at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club in 1955. The body of the vehicle was built by carrozzeria Ghia, an Italian coachbuilder firm. Dual was a independent automaker based in Detroit Michigan. The name of the car, obviously, came from the forging of both companies name.

Powered by a 315 cubic-inch Dodge enter and featuring a Powerflite transmission, the vehicle cost a hefty $7600. It was produced in limited numbers with 117 examples being produced before Dual Motors went out of business. Around 32 examples exist in modern times.

It was America's first four passenger sports car and popular with American celebrities such as Frank Sinatra, Richard Nixon, Desi Arnaz, Ronald Reagan, and Sterling Hayden. Reagan lost his car to Lyndon Johnson in a high-stakes poker game.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2008
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