Re: Friday Puzzlers 10-10-2014
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Re: Friday Puzzlers 10-10-2014



So Bill does that mean my 63 Chrysler 300 is one of Exner's last designs also? 


---- Bill Watson <chrycoman@xxxxxxxxx> wrote: 
> Actually, Exner's last year as head of styling was for the 1963 model
> year.
> 
> The 1962 models were approved for production in mid-1960 and Chrysler
> management ordered a front end restyle for 1963 on Plymouth and Dodge, a
> year before the 1962 models went into production.  Once the front end
> styling was firmed up, management decided to come up with the money to redo
> the rest of the car.   The 1963 cars were all but finalized by the fall of
> 1961.
> 
> L.L. Colbert was replaced by Lynn Townsend as president of Chrysler Corp.
> on July 27, 1961 and Exner was relieved of his position and replaced by
> Elwood Engel in November of 1961.  When Engel arrived at Chrysler he was
> shown the production-ready 1963 cars styled under Virgil Exner.  Engel
> apparently could not see what the fuss was about as he thought the 1963
> models were marketable cars
> 
> But then, someone had to pay the price for the 1962 Plymouths and Dodges.
> 
> The last two cars on the list are the same vehicle, although one of them
> was stored for forty years.  According to the body tag the original engine
> was a 318, not a 383.  There is no code on the tag for the engine so the
> engine installed as the factory was the base engine - a 318.   Too bad they
> did not tape off the VIN tag.  The first two digits on the tag have been
> filled in with paint.
> 
> Bill
> Toronto, ON

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