A rare 1958 Dual-Ghia that recently received a complete concours-level restoration is among the cars being offered for sale at Russo and Steele’s Monterey Auction on August 13-15 on the waterfront at Fisherman’s Wharf.
One of only about 100 examples ever produced, the Dual-Ghia was envisioned by Eugene Casaroll, the man who virtually invented the car-delivery business with his Auto Shippers company. One of Casaroll’s other ventures was the Dual Motors Corporation, which built military vehicles, and which acquired the rights to produce a version of the Virgil Exner-designed, Ghia-built Dodge Firebomb concept car of 1955 that he renamed the Dual-Ghia. Ghia’s handcrafted bodywork was fitted to Dodge chassis powered by Dodge D-500 V8 engines with PowerFlite automatic transmissions. Passenger and luggage space was also expanded.
Correctly and properly finished and detailed throughout, Dual-Ghia 197 exemplifies the combination of a unique American sensibility with classic Continental panache. For complete information about Russo and Steele’s Monterey Auction, please visit www.russoandsteele.com