Daniel Schmitt Co.
3455 N Lindbergh Blvd
St. Louis, MO
St Louis , Missouri
Spectacular concours level restoration by marque specialist
One of approximately 100 produced; one of approximately 30 known to exist
One of the last few built
2010 Pebble Beach award winner
Gorgeous color combination
Previous Ghia collector ownership
Rare optional D-500 260 hp Red Ram Hemi V8 engine
Recent service including a full transmission rebuild performed by marque specialist
Documentation includes Pebble Beach paperwork, copies of Dual-Ghia factory papers, marque history, concours photos and more
Chrome spinner wheel covers
Town & Country AM radio
Simply the best Dual-Ghia available anywhere in the world!
American Businessman Eugene Casaroll, who is credited as the inventor of the auto shipping business, had previous success in the automotive industry as his Dual Motors Corporation in Detroit, Michigan built military vehicles for use during WWII. His first production car was born out of his appreciation for the Virgil Exner designed and Carrozzeria-Ghia bodied Dodge Firebomb show car of 1955. After the Chrysler Group decided not to proceed with Firebomb production, Casaroll purchased the show car and together with designer Paul Farago refined the design for larger production. Farago was able to increase both passenger compartment space and luggage space with sacrificing Exners original design, but he did make the addition of tail fins, an American staple of the time. The renamed Dual-Ghia was first put into production by Casarolls Dual Motors Corporation in 1956. In a press release Casaroll described his new car as intended for the car lover and, I am proud to say, is built by men who can claim that title by right of their art. Dual-Ghia production started out with Dodge D-500 chassis that were shipped to Carrozzeria-Ghia in Turin, Italy, who shorted the wheelbase and hand-formed every inch of the Dual-Ghias body. Even with all their resources Ghia was limited to producing roughly a dozen bodies a month with each one subject to over 200 man hours of hand finished bodywork. English colony leather was sourced for every Dual-Ghia interior and helped to place the Dual-Ghia in a class of its own. Power was derived from the Dodge Red Ram HEMI V8 that was available with an optional 260 horsepower that was mated to a two speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission giving the Dual-Ghia effortless performance. Casarolls car combined the best of American innovation with the best Italian craftsmen in the world and was really in a class of its own. Despite this, the retail price of roughly $7,500 meant that it was only $200 more than a Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz. Casarolls unwillingness to compromise quality for cost quickly caught up with the Dual Motors Corporation and the model was put out of production by 1958. It has been estimated that only 100 Dual-Ghias were produced. Of this only around 30 are known to exist in running and driving condition. Their iconic, hand formed lines mated with the proven American performance originally gained the attention of celebrities including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Ronald Reagan just as today they gain the attention of the worlds most discerning collectors and museums.
It was this one-upmanship that led legendary Hollywood columnist Dorothy Kilgallen to wisecrack that a Rolls-Royce was the status symbol for those who cant get a Ghia. Presumably, there were a lot of Rolls-Royces delivered in the late 1950s, but only about 100 Dual-Ghias were made between 1956 and 1958. With the exception of a duo of prototype coupes, all were convertibles. Chassis number 197 is a very late-production example that was among the last examples built at the end of first-generation Dual-Ghia production. It is one car of about half of the 100-car production run built with the Dodge "Red Ram" V-8, which was a desirable optional 260-brake horsepower Hemi design that was considered to be the most sought-after of the engines offered by enthusiasts.
The 1958 Dual-Ghia Convertible featured here is finished in stunning Midnight Blue with a gorgeous tan and blue leather interior. It has made numerous Concours dElegance appearances and took home an award at the coveted Pebble Beach show in 2010. This investment-grade Dual-Ghia is one of only 30 known to exist and is without question one of the best examples available on the market today. We are proud to offer this incredible motorcar to the most sophisticated collector, investor or enthusiast who only wants the best. Ready to make an investment you can actually enjoy? Please contact one of our expert sales consultants at (314)291-7000 or [email protected] for more information. They will be happy to give you a complete walk-around, supply you with a more detailed description, and answer any questions you may have. Buy with confidence; this is a extremely rare opportunity!
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