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According to expert opinion, an approximate 73 examples of the glamorous Dual-Ghia remain in existence today, with marque enthusiasts tracking each survivor with great interest. Unfortunately, none of the factory’s shipping or original ownership records survive. Therefore, history on each specific car is often gathered through conversation and hand-recorded. Of course, given the Dual-Ghia’s lofty price tag, only the wealthiest could afford to purchase one. Since Dual-Ghias were numbered starting from 100, this example, chassis no. 197, is one of the last of these luxurious cars produced.
According to Dual-Ghia owner and marque expert Dr. Paul Sable, Car 197 was reportedly purchased new for the daughter of the owners of The Washington Post. Circa 1971–1972, the car was gifted to a man who worked for the owners of the Post when he moved away from Washington, D.C. Later owner Joe Morgan confirms that Marvin Gregory of Greenville, South Carolina, owned the Dual-Ghia during the 1970s, and it was titled in Mr. Gregory’s name during 1978. The next known owner was Mark Bueker, also of Greenville, who in turn sold the rare Dual-Ghia to Joe Morgan of Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, in 2004 or 2005. Mr. Morgan, who has owned 16 Dual- Ghias to date, commenced a total concours-level restoration with body and paint by Jimmy Lowrey, the interior by Petter Davidsen, and the engine rebuilt by New England Engine and Machine. In 2010, Mr. Morgan sold the vehicle to Michael Schudroff.
Mr. Schudroff was invited to enter the Dual-Ghia into the 2010 edition of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where it garnered an award in Class P: Ghia Styling. That year, the Dual-Ghia was also awarded the People’s Choice award at the Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance in Connecticut, and it went on to be selected from over 250 entries as the official “poster car” for the 2011 edition of the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance and Best in Show.
Offered now from an extensive private collection, this Dual-Ghia remains impressive and handsome, clearly benefitting from the proper storage and attentive care it has enjoyed under recent ownership. Simply beautiful inside and out, 197 is correctly and properly finished. Beautifully restored by Joe Morgan, this 1958 Dual-Ghia is for the collector who seeks only the very best.
The Glamorous Dual-Ghia
A man possessed of virtually boundless vision and drive, Eugene Casaroll almost single-handedly invented the car-delivery business with his Auto Shippers enterprise and his Dual Motors Corporation built fleets of twin-engine military vehicles during WWII. Next, Casaroll diversified into the high-end automobile manufacturing business, acquiring the production rights to the Virgil Exner-designed, Ghia-built Dodge Firebomb concept car of 1955 that he renamed “Dual-Ghia.”
Dual Motors shipped modified Dodge chassis from Detroit to Torino, where Ghia fitted the sleek, handmade bodies. Once returned to the Dual facilities, the cars received their Dodge D-500 V-8 engines and PowerFlite automatic transmissions. Production ran from 1957 to 1958, with the original Virgil Exner design only slightly modified.
While the Dual-Ghia production totals are often quoted at 117 cars built – which included prototypes, with all but two being convertibles – marque experts cite perhaps fewer than 100 were built. Priced at $7,646, the glamorous Dual-Ghia was $1,000 costlier than Cadillac’s Eldorado Biarritz convertible. The era’s top celebrities, including members of the legendary “Rat Pack,” famously adopted the Dual-Ghia as their car of choice. Mr. Casaroll intended to build 150 cars per year but uncompromising quality reportedly spurred losses on every one