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Coachwork by Ghia
*Please note that this car is titled 154.
Formerly the Property of Frank Pritt and Dr. Paul Sable
The Dual-Ghia A man of great vision and drive, Eugene Casaroll almost single-handedly invented the car-delivery business with his Auto Shippers enterprise, and his Dual Motors Corporation built twin-engine military vehicles during WWII. Next, he diversified into high-end automobile manufacturing by acquiring the rights to the Virgil Exner-designed, Ghia-built Dodge Firebomb concept car of 1955, which he renamed the Dual-Ghia.
Dual Motors shipped modified Dodge chassis from Detroit to Italy, where Ghia fitted the stylish, handmade bodies. Once returned to the Dual facilities, the cars were fitted with Dodge D-500 V-8 engines and PowerFlite automatic transmissions. Production ran from 1957 to 1958, with the original Virgil Exner styling only slightly modified. Paul Farago, Casaroll’s partner and Ghia’s American representative, increased passenger and luggage space, and he specified the subtle aircraft-inspired tailfins.
Approximately 117 cars were built, including prototypes, and all but two were convertibles. Priced at $7,646, the glamorous Dual-Ghia was priced $1,000 higher than Cadillac’s Eldorado Biarritz Convertible.
This Car While the early history of this freshly restored 1957 Dual-Ghia remains unknown, to say its first owner was well-heeled would be an understatement. Recent history includes the renowned collection of software developer Frank Pritt in Corona del Mar, California, before being acquired by Dr. Paul Sable – a noted aficionado of the wonderful American-European hybrid cars of the 1950s – as part of a five-car Dual-Ghia package. The current owner acquired this example from Dr. Sable with just 15,000 miles as it was the best unrestored car of the group; its undamaged body displayed excellent panel and convertible top fits, and the car retained the original floors, numbered sheet-metal panels, components, and Hemi “Red Ram” V-8 engine.
The Dual-Ghia was completely restored to concours-level standards over several years by Joe Leweck and David Petit at Hampton, New Hampshire’s Bayberry Vintage Autos. Virtually no expense was spared, and hundreds of photographs document the painstaking process in high detail. Over $230,000 was invested, with nearly $40,000 put into the luxurious-yet-sporting interior and convertible top alone. The interior was restored by Mike Curley of Michael Jay Coach Trimming in Epping, New Hampshire, whose considerable body of work includes the interior of the famous Von Krieger 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster.
Recently completed in June of this year and clearly offered in exceptional condition, the Dual-Ghia is simply resplendent in its factoryoriginal color scheme of non-metallic Aquamarine complemented by a Cognac leather-trimmed interior. All components were addressed during the restoration and operate as they should, and the vehicle is reported by the consignor to be in excellent operating condition to match its stunning visual presentation.
Befitting its elite status, the Dual-Ghia is highly equipped with many desirable features, including backup lights; a canvas top with Cognac leather top boot; an electric clock; heater; powerassisted brakes, steering, and window lifts; a signal-seeking radio; wire wheels with radial tires; wool trunk upholstery; and more. In addition to the aforementioned restoration photographs, the Dual-Ghia is accompanied by magazine articles, a press kit containing factory photographs, a pricing sheet, a reprinted excerpt of a Motor Trend article, and consolidated Dual-Ghia specifications on company letterhead. In addition, company correspondence is included, outlining color choices and lead times for order fulfillment.
Freshly and fully restored to concours-quality throughout without regard to cost, this Dual-Ghia has not yet been shown. As such, this distinctive, handsome, and historic automobile now stands ready to compete – and impress – at today’s finest venues and events.