1957 Dual Ghia: One Of 117

1957 Dual Ghia

Here’s one you don’t see everyday: a 1957 Dual Ghia convertible, listed here on eBay with an asking price of $185,000 and the option to submit a best offer. As far as rare vehicles go, the Dual Ghia is certainly worthy of respect: only 117 examples ever assembled and far fewer known to exist today. These cars were a short-lived dream by Dual’s founder, Eugene Casaroll, whose company orchestrated the shipment of a Dodge-supplied chassis to Italy where Ghia installed the hand-built body and assembled the interior. Then, it was sent back to the U.S. to receive a Dodge V-8 powerplant and PowerFlite automatic transmission. This example on eBay is said to be fresh out of long-term ownership and ready for restoration, but given the lack of information in the listing, it’s hard to determine how much work is needed. The body appears straight and the interior mostly complete, but an original Ghia would be shod with gorgeous wire wheels instead of the unsightly black steelies it currently rides on. Determining how much of the car remains original versus what would need to be replaced or fabricated will likely be an important step in assessing its current value, but even with that in mind, finding a car this rare in project condition may be unrepeatable for quite some time.

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Comments

  1. Greg Cahill

    I was at a C&C event in Harding Twp NJ last weekend and a gentleman had a yellow/black with original paint and interior. Very cool car!

  2. Dolphin Member

    There’s a lot of similarity between Chrysler’s Firearrow and the Dual-Ghia that was derived from it, but I don’t think the seller is correct in saying that “The Dual-Ghia car was designed by Chrysler”. Ghia collaborated with firms that wanted them to build show or production cars, and there is a lot of Ghia design in the Dual-Ghia.

    Anyway, this one looks worth considering if you want one. There can’t be that many unrestored ones left. I think it’s overpriced tho.

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  3. Horse Radish

    For an upper end car these seat covers look like cheap vinyl to me.
    IF it was leather it wouldn’t have held up, even for 40+ year old vinyl (?)
    So, all original ?
    Who is to say and who really knows ?

  4. RickyM

    Could be beautiful, but at USD 185,000 it won’t be mine !

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