1958 Dual-Ghia GhiaSOLD

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To be sold at the Gooding & Company Amelia Island Auction on March 9, 2012. For further details please visit www.goodingco.com or contact a vehicle specialist at 001.310.899.1960. Engine Specifications: 315 CID Dodge D-500 ?Hemi? V-8 Engine Single Carter 4-Barrel Carburetor 230 BHP at 4,300 RPM 2-Speed PowerFlite Automatic Transmission 4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes Independent Front Suspension Live Rear Axle with Leaf Springs About this Car: Few of the renowned collaborations between Chrysler and Italian coachbuilder Ghia are as celebrated as the Dual-Ghia, which was based on Virgil Exner?s Firebomb four-seat concept convertible of 1953. An undisputed classic that almost never reached production, the Dual-Ghia only came to fruition when Chrysler abandoned the idea of production for the Firebomb. The original show car was purchased by Gene Casaroll, an auto transport contractor with a vision of producing limited-edition luxury cars powered by Chrysler?s vaunted Hemi engine. After re-engineering the concept Firebomb into a working prototype, Casaroll began producing the new car in series under the name Dual Motors. A supply contract with Chrysler provided chassis that were shipped to Ghia, who then clothed the frames with handcrafted steel bodies based on Exner?s original design. The cars were then shipped back to Dual Motors for the installation of Dodge?s powerful D-500 Hemi V-8 engine. A mission statement of quality and the skilled work of Ghia?s craftsmen resulted in a unique American luxury car that instantly became a hit with the day?s jet set, including ownership by several members of the Rat Pack. Just 117 Dual-Ghias were produced between 1956 and 1958, and the model?s rarity, elegant Italian coachwork and ample power have made it one of the most esteemed products of the celebrated 1950s relationship between Chrysler and Ghia. Originally purchased by Grace Danko of Woodstock, New York, this Dual-Ghia remained in the New York area for many years and was eventually acquired by Peter Balis of Ballston Lake, New York. Following a subsequent period of ownership by Wayne Huie of Memphis, Tennessee, the car was acquired by its current owner, a Toronto-based collector. Still exhibiting the benefits of an older restoration, this Dual-Ghia has been refinished in its original exterior color of Eggplant, set off by a handsome interior of burgundy and cream. In addition to being equipped with Kelsey- Hayes wire wheels and dual rear antennae, this Dual-Ghia is notable for its lack of rear fender fins, a design feature of later cars that is believed to be original to this example. Complete with wide whitewall tires and a black canvas soft top, this exquisite Dual-Ghia displays beautiful cosmetic quality, from its shining chrome to its detailed engine bay. This car offers a rare opportunity to acquire an important piece of automotive history, one that beautifully illustrates the brilliance of American power packaged in sheer Italian elegance. Sure to be a standout at any automotive gathering, this Dual-Ghia will appeal to the collector in search of a glamorous1950sshowpiece.

Reference Number 164041

as of 3/13/2012

Car 1958 Dual-Ghia Ghia
VIN DG191 
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