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Date: Feb. 11, 2015

The Most Original, Unrestored Dual Ghia Convertible To be Sold at
Worldwide Auctioneers’ The Houston Classic Auction

HOUSTON, TX – February 12, 2015 "If you can’t get a Dual Ghia, you will need to settle for a Rolls Royce." Strong words to describe the affluence of owning a Dual Ghia Convertible back in the 1950s; however, easily backed up as one of the most significant handmade vehicles from the late '50s and in existence. Worldwide Auctioneers will be presenting, at auction, an unrestored, all original 1957 Dual Ghia Convertible, at its 14th annual The Houston Classic Auction, Saturday, April 25, 2015, as part of The Concours d’Elegance of Texas Houston Classic Motorcar Weekend.

This Ghia Dual Convertible was one of the most sought after vehicles of the time. Created by Dual Motors of Detroit, only 100 convertibles were produced and just one coupe. The Dual Ghia was the best of two worlds – engineered by the Chrysler Corporation, with a beautiful Italian design by legendary firm, Carrozzeria Ghia. It has 40,000 original miles and is an all-original, unrestored car including steering wheel, which is rarely found.

With only 101 vehicles made, owning one was significant and the marketer of them had an affinity to Hollywood celebrities and purposely made sure they would find homes within this group. Previous owners of these beauties included Frank Sinatra, Debbie Reynolds, Joey Bishop – all the “Rat Pack” members. At a cost of $8,500 in 1957, it was almost twice the price of a new Cadillac.

Rod Egan, Auctioneer and co-founder of Worldwide Auctioneers, explained: “This vehicle was acquired December 10, 1956, by Mr. Clyde Young. It was then almost immediately shown at the 1957 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It had been housed for many years and is regarded as the most original, unrestored example in existence. It comes with extensive documentation and an unbroken and limited ownership history. I have had the pleasure of driving this great car and it is fantastic in every way – a true time capsule.”

Other significant cars to be sold include a Mille Miglia eligible 1955 Moretti 1200 S Spyder, Designed by Michelotti, and shown at the 1955 Paris and Torino Auto Shows. A 1969 Porsche 911S, sold new by Porsche Great Britain to France, has matching numbers and is highly optioned including special ordered Metallic Blue paint. A 1900 Locomobile Model 2 Runabout, offered without reserve, was part of a museum for over 50 years. Also to be presented is a 1967 Shelby GT350 “Supercharged” Fastback -- one of only a few remaining fully documented factory Cobra supercharged Shelbys, MCA and Mid-America Shelby Meet award winner, factory Candy Apple Red, four-speed with factory advertised 400+ horsepower.

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