[GFS] Virgil Exner, Jr.
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[GFS] Virgil Exner, Jr.

Hi All,
I just got off the phone with Virgil Exner, Jr.  For those of you who are
familiar only with his father's work, Virgil Jr. also had a long and very
fascinating career in automotive design, some of which I have highlighted
For those of you who have spoken with Mr. Exner in the past, you know that
he is incredibly knowledgable about cars, both Chrysler and non-Chrysler.
He's also very friendly and loves to talk about automotive design and
On behalf of The Forward Look Network, we offered to fly him & his wife to
Pennsylvania to join us at Chryslers at Carlisle, 2005, to spend some time
seeing all of the Forward Look cars, Golden Fin Furys, Imperials, and
Chrysler 300s that he is so familiar with.  They were excited for the
opportunity to come to the show to see the cars and spend some time with us,
the owners.  He will be letting us know soon to confirm that they will be
available to attend.  I'll post further details as I get them.
This year's C@C is shaping up to be one not to miss! (Maybe we'll even order
some real catering for Saturday night this time, eh?)  =)
-Dave Stragand
Brief Biography of Virgil M. Exner, Jr.
Designer at Studebaker-Packard Corporation, South Bend, Indiana 
Design-Consultant for Ghia, Italy. Fiat 2100S Sports - Ghia Selene II - VW
Karmann Ghia 1500 many Renault (Caravelle), Fiat, and VW proposals 
Virgil M. Exner Inc., started design business with his father.
Design-Consultant for Ghia, Pininfarina, U.S. Steel, Duesenberg Corp.,
Stutz, The Copper Development Association, and Renwal Models, design of
powerboats: Riva (Italy), Buhler Turbocraft (Indianapolis, Indiana) design
of "Motor Trend: Car of the Year"-Trophy 
Ford Design, Dearborn, Michigan 
Ford Thunderbird, 1970 Ford Maverick, 1971 Ford Pinto (exterior!), 
Mercury Marquis 
Ford of Europe (1 year at Germany, 4 years at England), as a
design-executive, Ford Escort - Ford Granada - Ford Fiesta 
Ford, Dearborn, Michigan. 1979 Ford Crown Victoria, 1979 Grand Marquis, 1980
Ford Thunderbird, many advanced car, and truck programs. May 1988
Retirement, as Design-Manager 

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