1958 Dual Ghia 500
Convertible Car for sale by Daniel Schmitt and Co. in Saint Louis, Missouri 63074
Daniel Schmitt and Co.
From around 1956 until the mid 1980s, Dodge, Plymouth and even Chrysler squads were the most ubiquitous police cars in North America. In fact, the biggest department, the NYPD, used Plymouth and Dodge squads almost exclusively until the rear-drive M body car was finally axed in 1989.
The no-frills Savoy two-door sedan was home to another engine of considerable repute, the infamous 413 Max Wedge, a Super Stock monster block Chrysler introduced in the spring of 1962.
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1958 Dual Ghia 500 $499,900
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
A collector’s dream!
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 Exner’s 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 Casaroll’s 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-Ghia’s 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. Casaroll’s 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. Casaroll’s 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-Ghia’s 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 world’s 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 can’t 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 d‘Elegance 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. Classic cars have proven to be among the most resilient and rewarding investments in recent years with the Historic Automobile Group Index (HAGI) jumping 39% in 2013, 16% in 2014 and 17% in 2015 while posting gains of 467% over the last 10 years. Ready to make an investment you can actually enjoy? Please contact one of our expert sales consultants at (314)291-7000 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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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1958 Dual Ghia 500 Specifications
Classic Car ID100947197
Trim Body Style
Custom Exterior ColorMidnight Blue
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