AUTOROTICA: The 1955-56 Dual-Ghia Convertible

From time to time in American history, small-run car companies have attempted to make a go of it. Some of the more notable have been Delorean, Tucker, and most recently, Fisker.

But in the mid 1950’s there was another small car company—Dual Motors. Only 117 cars were ever built. The cars were designed for an affluent American audience—one that desired European design, but wanted the reliability of the American cars of the day. Dual Ghias were said to have been owned by Frank Sinatra, Desi Arnaz, Dean Martin and even Richard Nixon and Ronal Reagan.

The 1955-56 Dual-Ghia was an extremely limited edition car line fusing American mechanical advancements—from Chrysler, with Italian design—from Ghia. The cars were based on Chrysler Design Chief Virgil Exner’s concept cars—the Firearrow and the Firebomb. 

The cars were offered in two power options, the Polyspherical V-8 and the D-500 Hemi. About 50 of each were built. You could choose from 20 standard solid colors or select your own bespoke color combination to have something no one else in the pack had.

RM Auctions recently sold a 1958 Dual-Ghia Convertible for $418,000.

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