1955 Dodge Firebomb by Ghia

Initially developed by Chrysler as a nearly production-ready prototype, the Firebomb was envisioned as a sleek competitor to the Corvette and Thunderbird, boasting Dodge’s potent 270-horsepower, 315 cubic-inch hemi engine paired with a Chrysler drivetrain.

However, when MoPar abandoned plans for a luxurious sports car, Eugene Casaroll stepped in and acquired the rights to the Firebomb. He utilized it as the foundation for his specialized vehicle venture, the Dual-Motors Corporation, headquartered in Detroit.

Built on a Dodge chassis, these cars were shipped to Torino, Italy, where Ghia craftsmen added their distinctive touch before being sent back to the States for final assembly. This process earned the nickname “The world’s longest assembly line,” culminating in the creation of the Dual-Ghia, symbolizing the collaboration between the two companies.

Produced from 1956 to 1958, the Dual-Ghia retained much of the original styling of the 1955 Firebomb. Priced at $7,500, it was considered expensive for its time, yet its allure captivated numerous notable figures. American luminaries such as Frank Sinatra, Richard Nixon, and Desi Arnaz were among the proud owners. Ronald Reagan also possessed one until, as the story goes, he purportedly lost it to then-President Lyndon Johnson in a high-stakes poker game.

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