1960 Plymouth XNR The Virgil Exner Dream Car

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By Dave Ashton

Virgil Exner was a visionary designer in the 50s and 60s, most well-known for work at Studebaker and Chrysler. However, due to ill health and being made a scapegoat by Chrysler for dropping sales, his work is not as well-known as some other vehicle designers.

Exner Worked on vehicles such as the Plymouth Belvedere, Plymouth Fury, Dodge Coronet and Mercer-Cobra, but one of his standout concept vehicles was the Plymouth XNR. The concept never made it to production and Exner himself was soon let go from Chrysler, but this didn’t stop the vehicle becoming a classic in its own right.

Originally the car was called the Plymouth Asymmetrica with a 170ci slant 6 engine and three speed manual transmission over a Plymouth Valiant chassis. The car had independent front suspension, tubular shock absorbers and was capable of 150 mph.

The car was bought by Ghia in Italy enough to changing hands quite a few times, he was sent to RM Restorations in Canada, where it was fully restored to its original condition.
Because most recently sold at RM Monterey auction, August 18, 2012 for $935,000.



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