Re: Virgil Exner (was Re: Friday Puzzlers 10-10-2014)
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Re: Virgil Exner (was Re: Friday Puzzlers 10-10-2014)



No idea what is wrong with me but I like that proposed Imperial design. But then I love my '62 Plymouth too. 

mcwheels@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
>Thanks for the history and pics Bill. I can definatley see the 63 Chrysler in the proposed 62 Imperial.
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>---- Bill Watson <chrycoman@xxxxxxxxx> wrote: 
>> Most definitely!  The 1963 Chrysler was actually developed from Exner's
>> proposed 1962 Imperial.  The stylists took the S series Imperial, removed
>> the 1955-56 style taillamps and worked in round taillights instead.  Up
>> front the grille was cleaned up and the headlamp area simplified.  The rear
>> window was shrunk - the S series rear window was similar to the production
>> 1961-62 with wraparound glass.  The rounded sides with curved side glass
>> was also dropped - fuselage styling would have to wait for Engel and his
>> 1969 models - and the blade fenders smoothed out.  The speed boat
>> windshield, similar to that used on the 1962 Plymouths and Dodges, was
>> dropped and replaced by the 1960-61 Chrysler design.
>> 
>> Although the exterior of Exner's new S series was completely new, the cars
>> were going to be based on the cowl and floor of the 1960-61 models - 118"
>> wheelbase for Plymouth and Dart, 122" for Polara, DeSoto and Chrysler.
>> The Imperial was also supposed to be on the the 122" platform, apparently.
>> 
>> I have some photos of the proposed 1962 Imperial taken in the summer of
>> 1959, before Chrysler cancelled the proposed 1962 DeSoto, Chrysler and
>> Imperial due to a lack of cash.  At that point the word was to de-fin the
>> 1961 Chrysler and Imperial bodies for 1962.   The shrunken Plymouth and
>> Dodge were being tooled at that point.  But you can see the 1963 Chrysler
>> in the proposed 1962 Imperial.  Originally the 1963 Imperial was to use the
>> 1963 Chrysler body, but that would have been too small for a luxury car and
>> looking far too much like a Chrysler.
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> Bill
>> Toronto
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