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This 1957 Dual- Ghia Convertible . It is equipped with a Automatic transmission. The vehicle is Red with a Tan Leather interior. It is offered As-Is, not covered by a warranty. - 1957 Dual-Ghia Convertible Chassis No. 134 Specs: 315 cubic inch Dodge D-500 hemispherical head V-8 engine rated at 250 horsepower, dual four-barrel carburetors, automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live axle rear suspension with semi-elliptical leaf springs, four-wheel power-assisted drum brakes, wheelbase: 115.2" History: In one of the serendipities of the Fifties, Chryslers concept cars, created by industrial designer Virgil Exner and executed by Ghia -- particularly the famed Thomas Special and the Dodge Firearrows -- found a sponsor in an American entrepreneur, Eugene Casaroll, who brought concept to reality in the Dual-Ghias. Famed as the automobile of choice of Hollywoods party crowd, particularly the bad boys of Frank Sinatras "Rat Pack," the Dual-Ghia and its successors were much more than show-off cars. They embodied Americas successful entrepreneurial class, in business and entertainment. Seeing the potential of the Thomas Special and its successors the Dodge Firearrows, Casaroll stepped up when Chrysler declined to bring the concepts to production. After acquiring the rights to the Firearrow design from Chrysler he entered into an agreement to buy bare Dodge chassis. Shipped to Ghia, they were bodied with refined versions of the Firearrow design, and then returned to Dual Motors factory in Michigan where the D-500 dual quad Hemi engines, Torqueflite automatic transmissions and running gear were installed to create the Dual-Ghia. Knowing these werent ordinary automobiles, Casaroll made one more fateful decision: he personally approved every purchaser of a Dual-Ghia. He willfully rejected many substantial cash offers from purchasers he felt were unworthy of the Dual-Ghias exclusivity, luxury, and design. It wasnt a rational business decision but in retrospect it has made the Dual-Ghia one of the most exclusive automobiles in history. Among automobile company patrons perhaps only Ettore Bugatti exerted comparable control over the purchasers of his creations. This Car: The 1957 Dual-Ghias first owner is not known, but it is certain from Gene Casarolls selection process that it was someone recognizable and important in the news and society of the late Fifties. It was acquired by the previous owner in 1982. He began its restoration only a few years later and it was completed in 2003, winning its class at the Louisville Concours dElegance in 2008. One of three Dual-Ghias in this owners history, he stated unequivocally that it is the best, and runs and drives like new. Acquired from a Reno, Nevada owner who had it since 1977, it has a western history where it was run in a benign climate and conditions and has no known damage. Finished in red with PPG acrylic enamel, the glass, stainless and chrome trim all have been redone to Concours standards and the top made by a specialist with experience with several Dual-Ghias. It has the Dual-Ghias standard power windows, power brakes, power steering, and TorqueFlite automatic transmission as well as a working period radio and fully functional gauges. One of the most exclusive, distinctive, and elegant automobiles of the last century! A rare find, only 117 examples produced! 2008 Concours Winner! Only: $205,000.00 For more information, contact: sales@driversource.com We buy classic European and American sports cars! One vehicle entire collections! Finders fees paid!! - Leather Interior Surface - Contact DriverSource Sales Team at

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