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1958 Dual-Ghia 400 Prototype by Ghia

The 1958 Dual-Ghia 400 prototype inspired Chrysler's 1957 Dart show car. This one-of-a-kind 400-horsepower 140-mph show car debuted at the New York auto show in 1958. The car is built on the chassis of a 1957 Chrysler 300. If General Motors had the strength and means to translate all their automotive dreams into metal independently, then other American car builders were often unable to do this - and they had to resort to overseas services, primarily Italian bodybuilders.


Introduced in 1956, the Chrysler Dart Super Gilda coupe, built according to an American design by the famous Turin atelier Carrozzeria Ghia, was a development of the revolutionary prototype Ghia Gilda (1955), adapted to the chassis of a Chrysler car with a boost to a return of 400 hp. V-shaped eight-cylinder FirePower engine. With this car, the top could be moved into the trunk, turning it into an open one.


The 1958 Dual-Ghia 400 prototype appears in a slightly modernized form: you can see that the Chrysler Dart had a different design of the tail "fins," and there was no decorative "air intake" on the hood.


Source: Newspaper AUTO REVIEW 2003 / No. 18



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