1961-1963 Dual-Ghia L6.4

The 1961-1963 Dual-Ghia L6.4 was a comeback attempt by Casaroll and company. The L6.4 was built only as a glassy two-door hardtop with new styling by Ghia, though the frontal appearance was quite similar to that of the earlier Dual-Ghia.

The model designation relates to the displacement, in liters, of the Chrysler 383-cid wedgehead V-8, but there were fewer Mopar components -- including the separate chassis, which was now a special design as Chrysler had switched to unit construction for all its cars except Imperial in 1960.

It was twice as costly as its predecessor, and faster but softer riding, with handling not as taut as that of the earlier cars. But svelte good looks made up for a lot, and everybody who was anybody wanted one.

Again, however, incredibly high overhead costs plagued the project, and Casaroll called it quits after a mere handful of cars were built. He would go on to play a role in the project that led to a new Stutz, born out of Virgil Exner's proposal for a modern Duesenberg.

Pluses of the 1961-1963 Dual-Ghia L6.4:

  • Exclusivity
  • Handsome good looks
  • Strongly built
  • Excellent performance
  • More desirable than the 1956-1958 Dual-Ghia

Minuses of the 1961-1963 Dual-Ghia L6.4:

  • Costlier than the 1956-1958 Dual-Ghia
  • Hard to find
  • Body hardware extinct
  • Multi-piece Italian body seriously rust-prone

Production of the 1961-1963 Dual-Ghia L6.4:

Specifications of the 1956-1958 Dual-Ghia:
Wheelbase, inches: 115.0
Length, inches:
Weight, pounds: 4,200
Price, new: $13,500 (U.S.)

Engines for the 1961-1963 Dual-Ghia L6.4:

ohv V-8383 cid

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