It was an unbeatable combination. The Dual-Ghia (1956-58) had a Dodge Hemi V8 and a hand-formed body by Italian coachbuilders Ghia, of Turin. It was lusted after by all thanks to its potent performance and exhaustive attention to detail; it exuded magnificence — but you had to be amongst the Hollywood elite to even be considered as a potential owner. In fact, Dual-Motors founder Eugene Casaroll hand-picked household names which included members of the original Rat Pack — Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin. A common joke of the time was that a Rolls-Royce was the status symbol for those who could not get one of these ultra rare beauties...

It took over 1,500 hours to build each of the 117 units with the chassis being shipped from the US to Italy where the interior and exterior was crafted (a nice touch was the grille design being repeated as the instrument pod) and then back again where the 5.2-litre motor mated to a two-speed PowerFlite auto was installed. With tyre-shredding Motor City-bred performance and gorgeous looks, it became an instant star. In 1960, Dual Motors repeated the trick on the no-expense-spared Ghia L 6.4 of which just 26 were built.

 

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