Our Chrysler Dream Car series is drawing to a close, and we’ve hardly given them all due respect. It’s kind of like waking up in the morning: wow, I had so many dreams last night, but I can only remember…
Of the three we showed in yesterday’s Dream picture, I was particularly drawn to the yellow Dodge Firearrow. Turns out I wasn’t the only one. After the Firearrow was (surprise) not put into production, a certain Eugene Casaroll, who owned Dual Motors, bought the rights and did what so many have done and broken their hearts and bank accounts trying to do: put a dream car into production.
Needless to say, it was an expensive undertaking that never seemed to quite fully take off. But having one’s name attached to such exotic machinery keeps people going, and going.
Given the over $100k (adjusted) price of a Dual Ghia, its buyers were celebrities and such. Many of the Hollywood glitterati had them, and one source claims that Ronald Reagan lost his in a high-stakes poker game with then-President Lyndon Johnson. True or not, I would not have played high stakes poker with LBJ.
The Dual Ghia sat on a Dodge chassis and used the Dodge 315 CID “baby hemi” engine. The engineering to make it all happen was done by a Paul Farago.
Supposedly, 117 were built, and 32 still exist. It’s mighty toned down from the original, especially that headlight placement. I liked those bulging fish-eyes on the original concept.
The 1962 Ghia L 6.4 started out as a Dual-Ghia, but Casaroll stepped out due to failing health, and Farago put this together with Ghia, utilizing Chrysler’s torsion bar suspension and the new 383 CID (6.4 L, hence the name) V8. This one is mildly customized with wire wheels.
The front still shows its Firearrow origins, but the back is a whole new fishbowl altogether.
That rear has lots of resemblance to the 1961 Plymouth Fury coupe indeed.
A few of these were built before the its makers finally woke up and asked themselves what they were really doing. Having fun; what else.