Dual-Ghia Convertible

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Automodello 1956 Dual-Ghia Convertible diecast car
  • Year: 1956
  • Brand: Automodello
  • Make: Dual-Ghia
  • Code: AM-DUA-GHI-RD
  • Model: Convertible
  • Scale: 1:43
  • Color: Red
  • Note: With removable convertible top

The Dual-Ghia was a luxury convertible produced from 1956-8 by Eugene Casaroll’s Dual Motors in Detroit. Casaroll had an interesting automotive career. His Automobile Shippers, Inc. was one of first car hauling companies. They were located in Detroit and had the contract for the majority of Chrysler’s business. Prior to that cars were shipped by train and picked up by dealers at rail heads. During World War II his company, Dual Motors, manufactured twin-engine trucks and equipment for the Air Force. He sponsored a number of race cars after the war from 1946-1954. He had a 4th and a 15th place finish at the Indy 500 in 1954.

Chrysler had produced their Virgil Exner designed Firearrow concept car in 1953 and revised it in 1954. With his long standing relationship with Chrysler, Casaroll was able to buy the rights to the design and contracted to buy engines, transmissions, and chassis from them. Arrangements were made to ship the completed chassis to Ghia in Turin, Italy where the bodies made for them were installed. At a price above $7,600 these cars were not for everyone but became a choice for Hollyood’s rich and famous, and other dignitaries. Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, Eddie Fisher, Glenn Ford, Hoagy Carmichael, Sterling Hayden, Desi Arnaz, Lucille Ball, Dean Martin, and Richard Nixon were among the owners. Ronald Regan had one but he lost it to then President Lyndon Johnson in a high stakes poker game.

The car as produced utilized the Dodge D-500 V8, 315 cubic inch hemi head engine with 230 horsepower or options running up to 285 horsepower and utilized Chrysler’s two-speed automatic PowerFlite. Transmission. This enabled this 3,800 pound car to reach 0-60 in 8.2 seconds and attain a top speed of 124 miles per hour. These were good figures for such a heavy car back in the fifties. The 115-inch wheelbase allowed four passengers to ride in comfort. Only 117 cars were built before Casaroll’s poor health and declining other businesses brought the venture to an end. An attempt to resurrect the car as the Dual-Ghia L6.4, a two-door hardtop failed after only 26 were built between 1963-5. Perhaps the $13,500 cost was too dear for the times.

Automodello has struck again with another 1:43 scale resin model of a car that was not well known. As usual they have come through with a beautiful rendition of this fine car. I chose the red version with its perfect finish. As is usual with Automodello convertibles, you get both a full top and a tonneau cover if you wish to display it top down. The red and white seats highlight a complete interior that includes a full dash and door and window handles on the interior panels. A shift lever on the floor and a two color steering wheel completes the picture. The exterior doesn’t miss a thing. The emblem on the car’s nose is for Dual Ghia with crossed American and Italian flags. Emblems on the rear panels, behind the doors appear to be the Ghia emblem with Carrazeria Ghia beneath in such small letters that these old eyes could not read it with my bifocals and an 8X glass. The car rides on whitewall tires with multi-slotted wheel covers. The pictures describe the vehicle better than I can.

The model is available in red and blue (see AM-DUA-GHI_BL for pictures) in quantities of 499 each, for $119.95. A beautiful black Homage Edition (see AM-DUA-GHI-HE for pictures) in a limited quantity of 24, for $235. All are available from Legacy Motors. This certainly is a great model of a rare car that you will want to add to your collection.

-Dick Browne

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