Auctions and Brokerage
Coachwork by Ghia
*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.
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