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Lot 107
1958 DUAL-GHIA CONVERTIBLE

US$ 250,000 - 350,000
€ 230,000 - 320,000
1958 DUAL-GHIA CONVERTIBLE
Coachwork by Ghia

Chassis no. 191

315ci OHV Hemi V-8 Engine
Single 4-Barrel Carburetor
230bhp at 4,800rpm
PowerFlite Automatic Transmission
Independent Front Suspension – Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

*Exquisite example of the legendary Dual-Ghia
*Rare, Ghia-built Italian-American hybrid
*Recent Best in Class Award
*The Duesenberg of the 1950s



The Dual-Ghia

The word 'exclusive' scarcely does justice to the Dual-Ghia. Handcrafted to the highest standards and luxuriously appointed in a manner guaranteed not to disappoint even the most sybaritic of customers, the L6.4 model was priced in the US at $13,500, making it twice as costly as the equivalent Cadillac! Dual-Ghia owners included Frank Sinatra, Peter Lawford, Eddie Fisher, Sammy Davis Jr., Debbie Reynolds, Hoagy Carmichael, Sterling Hayden, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Lyndon Johnson.

The brainchild of Eugene Casaroll, proprietor of Automobile Shippers Incorporated, the Dual-Ghia had been inspired by Virgil Exner's Dodge Firebomb/Firearrow show cars. Chrysler's decision not to proceed with production gave Casaroll the opportunity to purchase the original Firebomb show car, which was suitably re-engineered for public sale by designer Paul Farago who increased both passenger and luggage space. Complete Chrysler-supplied chassis were shipped to Turin for bodying in steel by Ghia craftsmen (builders of the original Firebomb body) before returning to Detroit where Dual Motors installed the drivetrain and interior trim.

Despite competitive pricing – the first-series Dual-Ghia cost less than the contemporary Cadillac Eldorado and Lincoln Continental – Casaroll, like many similar automotive visionaries before and since, lost money on every car made. First-series production lasted from 1956 to 1958, by which time just 117 cars had been built, all but two being Convertibles.

Undeterred, Casaroll revived the concept in 1961. Built entirely in Italy, the second-series Dual-Ghia L6.4 employed its own bespoke chassis (Chrysler having gone unitary construction, Imperial excepted) and Chrysler's 383ci (6.4-liter) V8 engine - hence the 'L6.4' model designation - was offered only in hardtop coupé form. Casaroll doubled the price, but the problem of escalating overhead costs persisted and just 26 of these fabulous cars were made before production ceased in 1963.

Exclusive, handsome, strongly built and fast (top speed was around 120mph) the ultra-rare Dual-Ghia is a landmark car in the continuing saga of US-Italian cooperation in automobile design.


The Motorcar Offered

The 107th of the 117-car total production run, this stunning example features many desirable late-production upgrades. According to renowned collector, car aficionado and concours judge Paul Sable, the car's earliest known history goes back to 1974, when the car was owned by a Mrs. Grace Danko of Woodstock, NY. From there the stunning Dual-Ghia went to Mr. Peter Balis of Balestrom Lake, NY, before being purchased by Mr. Wayne Huie of Memphis, TN. The Convertible remained with Mr. Huie for 21 years, before he sold it to a Mr. George Evoy of Ontario, Canada. The car is described as having been a reasonably solid car at this time, but missing the tail fins and original side-trim. Soon after his purchase, Mr. Evoy embarked on a multi-year restoration to bring the glamorous and luxurious Dual-Ghia back to its former glory. When Mr. Evoy passed away, his wife sold a large number of cars from the collection, including the fully-restored Dual-Ghia, to Mr. Dino Maggio of Ontario, Canada. From Mr. Maggio the car went to fellow Ontario-based collector Mr. Larry Titchner before being purchased by New Jersey-based collector Sam Mann.

While in the hands of the consignor, the Dual-Ghia has been treated to a new interior and fastidious maintenance. The luxurious Convertible has been shown at East Coast concours events, including the 2015 Edison Concours d'Elegance, where the car won its class. This is a lovely example of the rare Dual-Ghia Convertible that would suit the theme of nearly any collection.
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