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1961 Ghia L6.4

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

1961 Vehicle Profiles

1961 Ghia L6.4 vehicle information

Hardtop Coupe
Designer: Paul Farago

This Dual-Ghia L6.4 is the prototype for the second series of Dual Ghias. Production of the L6.4 was quite limited - only 25 were built.....[continue reading]

1961 Ghia L6.4 vehicle information

Hardtop Coupe
Designer: Paul Farago

Chassis Num: 0309
Engine Num: 00309

Eugene Casaroll, with some Chrysler cooperation, opened Dual Motors in Detroit in 1956 to build a gimmick-less 'Italian American car' to appeal to the Rat Packs on both coasts. Richard Nixon, Ronald Regan, Lyndon Johnson, Frank Sinatra and Dean Marti....[continue reading]

1961 Ghia L6.4 vehicle information

Hardtop Coupe
Designer: Paul Farago

Chassis Num: 0302

The L 6.4 fastback coupe was hand-built entirely by Ghia around a custom chassis with a Chrysler Mopar 383 cubic-inch 'Wedge' V8 engine. These were among the finest-finished automobiles in the world and commanded an astonishing $13,500 base price. Th....[continue reading]

Hardtop Coupe
 
Hardtop Coupe
Chassis #: 0309 
Hardtop Coupe
Chassis #: 0302 

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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

$1,050-$15,000
1961 L6.4
$15,000-$22,755

L6.4

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
115.00 in.
8 cyl., 383.00 CID., 335.00hp
$15,000 - $15,000
115.00 in.
8 cyl., 383.00 CID., 335.00hp
$15,000 - $15,000

Industry Production

#1#2#3Ghia
1966Ford (2,212,415)Chevrolet (2,206,639)Volkswagen (1,168,146)
1965Chevrolet (2,375,118)Volkswagen (1,174,687)Toyota (1,068,321)
1964Chevrolet (2,318,619)Ford (1,594,053)Toyota (1,068,321)
1963Chevrolet (2,237,201)Ford (1,525,404)Fiat (957,941)
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)
1956Chevrolet (1,567,117)Ford (1,408,478)Buick (572,024)

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