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Lot 37

2016   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2016

1958 Dual-Ghia

Coachwork by Ghia

SOLD $363,000

Estimate

$385,000 - $425,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

195

Car Highlights

Immortal 1950s “Rat Pack” Convertible
Believed to Be One of the Last of Approximately 100 Built
Collector-Owned for 50 Years
Recent Restoration by Marque Specialists
One of the Most Exclusive Automobiles of the Era

Technical Specs

315 CID Dodge D-500 Hemi V-8 Engine
Single Carter 4-Barrel Carburetor
260 BHP at 4,400 RPM
2-Speed Chrysler Powerflite Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Independent Front Coil-Spring Suspension
Live Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs

Saleroom Addendum

*Please note that since the restoration noted in the catalogue, this car has been in storage. Please also note that the steering mechanism and brakes require mechanical attention prior to road use.

Register to Bid

Lyman Loomis, Port Washington, New York (acquired new in 1958)William Sampol, Brooklyn, New York (acquired from the above in 1961)Dan and Fred Kanter, New Jersey (acquired in 1980)Current Owner (acquired from the above)

When Chrysler decided against building the 1954-55 Dodge Firearrow show cars, Detroit trucking magnate Eugene Casaroll bought the design and built the Dual-Ghia, a limited-production luxury convertible that he aimed at Hollywood and the jet set. The car on offer is believed to be one of the last of approximately 100 examples built.

At $7,646, the Dual-Ghia cost $900 more than a Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible, and Casaroll selected his customers by name. Dual-Ghia owners included movie stars Glenn Ford, Sterling Hayden, and future President Ronald Reagan – who reputedly lost his car to Lyndon B. Johnson in a poker game. Dual-Ghias were favored by Frank Sinatra and his “Rat Pack” friends Dean Martin and Peter Lawford, and they became an indelible part of their 1950s Las Vegas image.

The Dual-Ghia name sprang from a combination of Dual Motors, Casaroll’s twin-engine truck company, and Ghia, the Italian carrozzeria, where