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September 25, 2017

Car Of The Day – Classic Car For Sale – 1958 Dual-Ghia Convertible

by Mike –

Here is my pick for the classic car for sale today that I would like to own. Virgil Exner of Chrysler worked closely with Ghia for 15 years, resulting in eighteen Chrysler/Ghia specials some owned by Jackie Kennedy, Nelson Rockefeller, and other celebrities.

The Dual-Ghia is a rare, low volume car that was produced in America between 1956 and 1958. Eugene Casaroll formed Dual Motors in Detroit, Michigan to build an exclusive car at a reasonable price. The Virgil Exner design was based on a Chrysler show car, the Firearrow.

1958 Dual-Ghia Convertible

Out of the 117 cars produced it is believed that approximately 32 still exist. American celebrities, such as Frank Sinatra, Sterling Hayden, Richard Nixon and Desi Arnez bought the cars. This particular car was once owned by the legendary entertainer Hoagy Carmichael.

1958 Dual-Ghia Convertible

1958 Dual-Ghia Convertible

RM Auctions says:

* 230 hp, 315 cu. in. Dodge D-500 “Red Ram” V-8, Carter four-barrel carburetor, Chrysler PowerFlite two-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with unequal length A-arms and coil springs, live rear axle and semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 115 in.

1958 Dual-Ghia Convertible engine

* An icon of 1950s Hollywood

* Formerly the property of legendary entertainer Hoagy Carmichael

* Best in Show at the 2003 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

* One of the finest Dual-Ghias in existence

This Dual-Ghia Convertible is for sale at the RM Auction of the Don Davis Collection in Fort Worth, Texas on April 27, 2013. The estimate is $250,000 – $450,000 without reserve.

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These European Style with American Muscle cars are just plain elegant. With that Chrysler power it is also reliable. The Dual-Ghia is rare and this one is in particularly good condition.

1958 Dual-Ghia Convertible interior

As a multiple award winning show car it has the distinction of winning Best in Show at The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in 2003. RM says this is the only post-war car to win this award. It is very rare for any post-war car to win Best in Show at any event of the caliber of Amelia Island so it is safe to say this is an exceptional car.

Let us know what you think about this classic Dual-Ghia in the Comments.

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Comments

  1. This is timely as Automodello is readying to release the 1956-1958 Dual-Ghia as a 1:43 model with a removable convertible top. The model will be available in blue or red with a build up to 499, and, as the exclusive Homage Edition limited to 24 in black.
    Automodello is working with the top Dual-Ghia experts and used a 100-point Dual-Ghia to create this model. The model may be pre-ordered from Diecasm.

  2. ~ what a gorgeous Dual-Ghia. i have seen a few and this example is simply smashing. the colors and materials, the shape of the design, the history and condition, and the quality of the workmanship appear beyond almost anything i remember recently.
    ‘Though I dream in vain…, the memory of love’s refrain’.
    although i love Italian-American hybrids of the ’60s, ’70s & later your use of the word ‘elegant’ sums it up.
    Chet Atkins & Stanley Jordan “Stardust” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PcFTHsi9eI

  3. I was lead here by the picture of this car on facebook. I have posted it as “In my mind this is the most beautiful automobile ever commercially available”. I moved by the elegance of this car.

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