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The 1955 Dodge Firebomb show car by Ghia so impressed entrepreneur Eugene Casaroll that he purchased from Chrysler Corporation the rights to produce an automobile based on that prototype. Casaroll called his limited-edition luxury car the Dual-Ghia, and based it on a performance-oriented Dodge D-500 chassis with a Dodge Hemi engine. Ghia, the same Italian firm that produced the Firebomb, built the body. A total of 104 Dual-Ghias were built, 102 convertibles and two hardtops. Owned by “Rat Pack” members like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, the Dual-Ghia was so exclusive that aficionados were known to say: “a Rolls-Royce was what one settled for if one could not get a Dual-Ghia.”
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