While Chrysler’s postwar cars were well designed and reliable, their styling failed to inspire many consumers. Salvation came in the form of Virgil Exner, who became Chrysler’s head of advanced styling in 1949. Acting quickly, he culled the best elements of European styling into a series of exciting styling exercises, and while his “Forward Look” of 1955 was somewhat restrained, it was definitely fresh and handsome.
Chrysler’s engineering prowess was confirmed in 1951 with the release of the 331 cubic inch FirePower V8 engine. The “Hemi” engine was the object of great corporate pride but it was rather heavy and costly to produce. Within a few years, the polyspherical, or “poly” engine was introduced, with a lower cost factor and a simpler valvetrain. Additionally, a host of attractive body styles and trim levels were met with great success, and for the first time since the 1930s, Chrysler broke into the top ten in overall sales, and rose to second place in the high price market.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2009 at the The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.
225bhp, 331 cu. in. V8 engine, two-speed PowerFlite automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 126".
Source: RM Auctions