Much has properly been written about Exner who came to Chrysler from Studebaker in 1949, got the go-ahead from KT Keller to change the stodgy design of Chryslers—first noted by the transitional ’55 and ’56 Chryslers and followed through magnificently with the finned ’57-‘61’s. Replaced by Elwood Engel of Ford who brought slab-sided design to ’63 and later Chryslers. (More or less). Fame is fleeting. We could use a latter-day version of one of those boys today to bring us a modern Chrysler 300 coupe & convertible with a lot of nostalgic touches. Maybe start the letter series over with the Chrysler 300AA first.
I liked those bullet-nosed ’50 & ’51 Studebakers as well as the ’55 –’56 300’s. Not much similarity, other than being extremely avant-garde. Dad’s ’51 Commander V-8 was a pretty solid performer as well. Would blow the doors off of Fords & Chebbies but not the Olds or even the big comfortable early hemi Chryslers and De Sotos.
Wealthy friends pass on their really high end brag mags such as The Robb Report and Octane and I only peek inside rarely when dinner is late. Stephen Bayley writes for Octane from 'jolly old' and his latest column is about the greatest ever car designers. As he spotlights the best of the best, he opines..."Possibly Virgil Exner; no-one who has seen a 1957 Chrysler 300C will forget it"
That quote needed no translation from a foreign power.
Eat, Drink, and be Larry........
Posted by: "Rich Barber" <c300@xxxxxxx>
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