DUAL-GHIA

Dual Ghia Logo

Dual-Ghia two-speed automatic auto 1956-58 made bij Ghia in Italy on a Dodge frame and the design was bij Chrysler. Italy and USA

1957 Dual Ghia-Conv-DV-13-RMM-01 chassis 100

Dual-Ghia
Overview
Production 1956–1958
Body and chassis
Body style
Layout FR
Powertrain
Engine 315 CID 4-bbl. 230 hp (172 kW) V8
Transmission two-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 115 in (2,921 mm)
Length 203.5 in (5,169 mm)
Width 79 in (2,007 mm)

1957 Dual-Ghia D-5001957 Dual-Ghia D-500

1958 Chrysler Dual-Ghia Coupe Prototype1958 Chrysler Dual-Ghia Coupe Prototype

Dual-Ghia is a rare, short-lived, automobile make, produced in the United States between 1956 and 1958. The idea for Dual-Ghia came from Eugene Casaroll, who formed Dual Motors in Detroit, Michigan to build an exclusive car at a moderate price.

The design was based on 4 1954 and 1955 Chrysler concept cars, named the Firearrow II, III, and IV and the Firebomb, which had all been designed by Virgil Exner. The Dual-Ghia car was designed by Chrysler. The design was fairly conservative with single headlamps and slab-sided features, small conservative fins and no styling gimmicks. A four-place convertible was the only offering.

A Dodge frame and drive-train was transported to Italy, where the bodywork and interior was fabricated by the Italian Coachbuilder Ghia. Performance was excellent, due to the cars being powered by the small 315 cu in (5.2 L) Dodge hemispherical-head short-stroke V-8 engine.

Rarity

With a retail price close to $7500, the Dual-Ghia was about $200 more expensive than the next most expensive American car, the late 1950s Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible. Out of the 117 cars produced, 32 still existed as of July 2006. The cars were mostly bought by American celebrities, such as Frank Sinatra, Sterling Hayden, and Richard Nixon. Desi Arnaz owned one, but he wrecked it. Ronald Reagan owned one, which he lost in a high-stakes poker game with then-President Lyndon Johnson, who kept the car for several years. Dean Martin had one at one point as well, according to his son Ricci. Dean Martin can be seen driving his Dual-Ghia in the film Kiss Me, Stupid.

1956 Dual Ghia Convertible 041956 Dual Ghia on Hemmings Motor News 2016 Calandar1957 Dual Ghia 041957 Dual Ghia BY-06-GW i01 inside1957 Dual Ghia D-500 DV-08 GMG i01 inside1957 Dual Ghia D-500 DV-08 GMG i02 inside1957 Dual Ghia D-500 DV-08 GMG i03 inside1957 Dual Ghia DV-15 AI 0011957 Dual Ghia1957 Dual Ghia-Conv Ghia-DV-13-US 011957 Dual Ghia-Conv-DV-11-PBC 01 T0191957 Dual Ghia-Conv-DV-11-PBC 021957 Dual Ghia-Conv-DV-11-PBC 031957 Dual Ghia-Conv-DV-11-PBC 041957 Dual Ghia-Conv-DV-11-PBC 051957 Dual Ghia-Conv-DV-11-PBC 061957 Dual Ghia-Conv-DV-11-PBC 081957 Dual Ghia-Conv-DV-11-PBC 091957 Dual Ghia-Conv-DV-11-PBC 0101957 Dual Ghia-Conv-DV-11-PBC 0111957 Dual Ghia-Conv-DV-11-PBC 0121957 Dual Ghia-Conv-DV-11-RMA i001 chassis 158 inside1957 Dual Ghia-Conv-DV-11-RMA i002 chassis 158 inside1957 Dual Ghia-Conv-DV-11-RMA i03 chassis 158 inside1957 Dual Ghia-Conv-DV-13-RMM-01 chassis 1001957 Dual Ghia-Conv-DV-13-RMM-02 chassis 1001957 Dual Ghia-Conv-DV-13-RMM-03 chassis 1001957 Dual Ghia-Conv-DV-13-RMM-i02 chassis 100 inside1957 Dual Ghia-DV-09 ARM-i001 Continental Crown Inside1957 Dual Ghia-DV-11-GCP 001 1351957 Dual Ghia-DV-12-GG 031957 Dual Ghia-DV-12-PBC 011957 Dual Ghia-DV-12-PBC 021957 Dual Ghia-DV-12-PBC i04 chassis 158 inside1957 Dual Ghia-DV-12-PBC m011957 Dual Ghia-DV-12-PBC m061957 Dual Ghia-DV-12-PBC m071957 Dual Ghia-DV-13-GCA a01 chassis 1341957 Dual Ghia-DV-13-GCA a02 chassis 1341957 Dual Ghia-DV-14-SJ 0011957 Dual Ghia-DV-14-SJ 0031957 Dual Ghia-DV-14-SJ 0051957 Dual Ghia-DV-14-SJ 0061957 Dual Ghia-DV-14-SJ 0071957 Dual Ghia-DV-14-SJ 0081957 Dual Ghia-DV-14-SJ 0091957 Dual Ghia-DV-14-SJ 0131957 Dual Ghia-DV-14-SJ 0141957 Dual Ghia-DV-15-AI dt011957 Dual Ghia-DV-15-AI dt021957 Dual Ghia-DV-15-AI dt041957 Dual Ghia-DV-15-AI dt051957 Dual Ghia-DV-15-AI dt0101957 Dual Ghia-DV-15-AI dt0131957 Dual Ghia-Ghia-DV-13-US 011957 Dual-Ghia Blew-Black1957 Dual-Ghia convertible1957 Dual-Ghia D-5001957 Dual-Ghia-Conv Ghia-DV-13-US 021958 Chrysler Dual-Ghia Coupe Prototype1958 Dual Ghia-DV-14-GCA i011958 Dual-Ghia-DV-14-AI i02 insideCarrozzeria Ghia TorinoClosed Dual GhiaDodge with Ghia PartsDual Ghia # 100 first productionDual Ghia #143 Frank SinatraDual Ghia 143 in the FilmDual Ghia BlackDual Ghia Convertible Dark RedDual Ghia Convertible GreenDual Ghia Dark RedDual Ghia GreenDual Ghia GreyDual Ghia interiourDual Ghia Logo platingDual Ghia LogoDual Ghia rear light'sDual Ghia Red sideDual Ghia RedDual Ghia SilverDual Ghia WheelDual Ghia White

See also

Dual Ghia Original Unrestored

Ghia

References

Jump up^ Craig Cheetham (ed.). Ultimate American Cars. Amber Books Ltd. ISBN 0-7603-2570-7.

Jump up^ Craig Cheetham (ed.). Ultimate American Cars. Amber Books Ltd. ISBN 0-7603-2570-7.

Jump up^ Craig Cheetham (ed.). Ultimate American Cars. Amber Books Ltd. ISBN 0-7603-2570-7.

External links

“Dual-Ghia”.

Jaehnig, Kent. “The 1956-1958 Dual-Ghia: Hollywood Status Symbol”. Z. Taylor Vinson Transportation Collection. Hagley Museum. Retrieved June 17, 2013.

Horsley, Carter B. (May 18, 2002). “Classic Car auction at Christies”.

Brierly, Brooks (December 15, 2005). “1954 Dodge Firearrow Sport Coupe”. AutoWeek.

This was all what I could find ond the WWW. With special thanks to conceptcarz.com and others 

 

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