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1958 DUAL-GHIA CONVERTIBLE
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  • SPECTACULAR CONCOURS LEVEL RESTORATION BY MARQUE SPECIALIST
  • ONE OF APPROXIMATELY 100 PRODUCED; ONE OF APPROXIMATELY 30 KNOWN TO EXIST
  • ONE OF THE LAST FEW BUILT
  • 2010 PEBBLE BEACH AWARD WINNER
  • GORGEOUS COLOR COMBINATION
  • PREVIOUS GHIA COLLECTOR OWNERSHIP
  • RARE OPTIONAL D-500 260 HP “RED RAM” HEMI V8 ENGINE
  • RECENT SERVICE INCLUDING A FULL TRANSMISSION REBUILD PERFORMED BY MARQUE SPECIALIST
  • PERFORMS WONDERFULLY
  • DOCUMENTATION INCLUDES PEBBLE BEACH PAPERWORK, COPIES OF DUAL-GHIA FACTORY PAPERS, MARQUE HISTORY, CONCOURS PHOTOS AND MORE
  • SIMPLY THE BEST DUAL-GHIA AVAILABLE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD
  • A COLLECTOR’S DREAM!
  • Options Include:
  • POWER WINDOWS
  • POWER STEERING
  • POWER BRAKES
  • WHITEWALL TIRES
  • CHROME SPINNER WHEEL COVERS
  • TOWN & COUNTRY AM RADIO


  • American Businessman Eugene Casaroll, who is credited as the inventor of the auto shipping business, had previous success in the automotive industry as his Dual Motors Corporation in Detroit, Michigan built military vehicles for use during WWII. His first production car was born out of his appreciation for the Virgil Exner designed and Carrozzeria-Ghia bodied Dodge Firebomb show car of 1955. After the Chrysler Group decided not to proceed with Firebomb production, Casaroll purchased the show car and together with designer Paul Farago refined the design for larger production. Farago was able to increase both passenger compartment space and luggage space with sacrificing Exner’s original design, but he did make the addition of tail fins, an American staple of the time. The renamed Dual-Ghia was first put into production by Casaroll’s Dual Motors Corporation in 1956. In a press release Casaroll described his new car as “intended for the car lover and, I am proud to say, is built by men who can claim that title by right of their art.” Dual-Ghia production started out with Dodge D-500 chassis that were shipped to Carrozzeria-Ghia in Turin, Italy, who shorted the wheelbase and hand-formed every inch of the Dual-Ghia’s body. Even with all their resources Ghia was limited to producing roughly a dozen bodies a month with each one subject to over 200 man hours of hand finished bodywork. English colony leather was sourced for every Dual-Ghia interior and helped to place the Dual-Ghia in a class of its own. Power was derived from the Dodge “Red Ram” HEMI V8 that was available with an optional 260 horsepower that was mated to a two speed “TorqueFlite” automatic transmission giving the Dual-Ghia effortless performance. Casaroll’s car combined the best of American innovation with the best Italian craftsmen in the world and was really in a class of its own. Despite this, the retail price of roughly $7,500 meant that it was only $200 more than a Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz. Casaroll’s unwillingness to compromise quality for cost quickly caught up with the Dual Motors Corporation and the model was put out of production by 1958. It has been estimated that only 100 Dual-Ghia’s were produced. Of this only around 30 are known to exist in running and driving condition. Their iconic, hand formed lines mated with the proven American performance originally gained the attention of celebrities including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Ronald Reagan just as today they gain the attention of the world’s most discerning collectors and museums.

    It was this one-upmanship that led legendary Hollywood columnist Dorothy Kilgallen to wisecrack that a Rolls-Royce was the “status symbol for those who can’t get a Ghia.” Presumably, there were a lot of Rolls-Royces delivered in the late 1950s, but only about 100 Dual-Ghias were made between 1956 and 1958. With the exception of a duo of prototype coupes, all were convertibles. Chassis number 197 is a very late-production example that was among the last examples built at the end of first-generation Dual-Ghia production. It is one car of about half of the 100-car production run built with the Dodge "Red Ram" V-8, which was a desirable optional 260-brake horsepower “Hemi” design that was considered to be the most sought-after of the engines offered by enthusiasts.



    The 1958 Dual-Ghia Convertible featured here is finished in stunning Midnight Blue with a gorgeous tan and blue leather interior. It has made numerous Concours d‘Elegance appearances and took home an award at the coveted Pebble Beach show in 2010. This investment-grade Dual-Ghia is one of only 30 known to exist and is without question one of the best examples available on the market today. We are proud to offer this incredible motorcar to the most sophisticated collector, investor or enthusiast who only wants the best. Classic cars have proven to be among the most resilient and rewarding investments in recent years with the Historic Automobile Group Index (HAGI) jumping 39% in 2013, 16% in 2014 and 17% in 2015 while posting gains of 467% over the last 10 years. Ready to make an investment you can actually enjoy? Please contact one of our expert sales consultants for more information. They will be happy to give you a complete walk-around, supply you with a more detailed description, and answer any questions you may have. Buy with confidence; this is a extremely rare opportunity.
    Year:
    1958
    Make:
    Dual-Ghia
    Color:
    Midnight Blue
    VIN:
    197
    Mileage:
    1,378
    Stock Number:
    406800_DualGhia

    Engine:
    5.2L 260 HP "Red Ram" Hemi V8
    Transmission:
    "TorqueFlite" Automatic
    Style:
    Convertible
    NADA VALUE
    $687,170.00
    DISCOUNT
    $187,270.00
    BUY IT NOW PRICE
    $499,900.00

    Daniel Schmitt & Co. is located in beautiful and historic St. Louis, Missouri. Our dealership spans 4 acres, boasts 3 luxurious showrooms, a state-of-the-art service department, a world-class restoration facility, and is only minutes away from Lambert International Airport. While we offer our cars for online sale and auction, we do also encourage you to visit our beautiful classic car showroom!

    Daniel Schmitt & Co. Classic Car Gallery
    3455 N. Lindbergh Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63074
    Telephone: (314)291-7000
    Fax: (314)291-0957
    Email: info@schmitt.com
    Why buy from Daniel Schmitt & Co?

    Family owned and operated for over 50 years, we are a classic and luxury car gallery, committed to delivering some of the rarest, highest-quality classic cars, to customers worldwide. Throughout the years, our classic car dealership has built its reputation as one of the most trusted providers of classic cars to enthusiasts, collectors or investors. We offer truly unique and beautiful motorcars for sale.


    As Daniel Schmitt & Co. reviews will attest, we focus on providing a world-class automobile shopping experience with thorough descriptions and detailed images - an absolute must in the digital age, when many of our classic and investment cars are sold online. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.


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    NADA Guides August 25, 2017

    High Retail: $687,170.00


    Year:
    1958
    Make:
    Dual-Ghia
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    High Retail Value
    This vehicle would be in excellent condition overall. It could be a completely restored or an extremely well maintained original vehicle showing very minimal wear. The exterior paint, trim, and mechanics are not in need of reconditioning. The interior would be in excellent condition. Note: This value does not represent a “100 Point” or “# 1” vehicle *.* “100 Point” or “# 1” vehicle is not driven. It would generally be in a museum or transported in an enclosed trailer to concourse judging and car shows. This type of car would be stored in a climate-regulated facility.

    Financing

    Finance rates as low as 5.9%.


    We know that classic car financing can pose a unique challenge. Although a vintage or exotic car can be an excellent investment, some financial institutions attempt to apply standard “used car” rules for financing a classic car, which in many cases can make loan approval difficult.


    We work closely with many banking institutions that understand recognize the collector value of classic cars and view them as an investment, which allows us to help you get the financing you need so that you can have the car you have dreamed of.


    Terms available up to 144 Months


    If you have any questions, feel free to contact us, (314)291-7000 or credit@schmitt.com


    * Rates vary depending on year of car, length of term and credit score.


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    Daniel Schmitt & Co. Classic Car Gallery
    3455 N. Lindbergh Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63074
    Telephone: (314)291-7000
    Fax: (314)291-0957
    Email: info@schmitt.com
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    A FAMILY TRADITION FOR OVER 50 YEARS, SELLING CLASSIC & FINE MOTORCARS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD
    Whether you are looking to buy a foreign exotic car or a premium American classic car, Daniel Schmitt & Company is ready to help you find the automobile of your dreams. You will find a wide selection of vehicles in our classic car showroom, which is located in the beautiful and historic St. Louis, Missouri. We offer pre-purchase inspections of any car upon request. Call or e-mail us today to arrange a test drive.

    Daniel Schmitt & Co.
    3455 North Lindbergh Blvd
    St. Louis, MO 63074
    (314)291-7000
    info@schmitt.com

    Showroom Hours
    Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    Saturday: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    (open until 5:00 by appointment)
    Sunday: Closed

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