|This one-of-a-kind Chrysler Plymouth XNR was |
built in 1960 and is the only model in existence
|Outlandish: Its design was supposed to replicate jet aircraft and rockets, |
while its bright red bodywork includes an exaggerated tail fin and two side fins
This futuristic supercar was inspired by 1960s space race. It was on sale at a stratospheric $950,000... and it's worth every cent!
The Plymouth XNR was a concept car developed by Chrysler and Plymouth and designer by Virgil Exner as a sports roadster to add to the Plymouth line and possibly compete with the Ford Falcon and the Chevrolet Corvette.
In the late 1940s America's motor industry saw a time of innovation and revolutionary car designs. Car designs emerged with styling cues such as fins and streamline bodies derived from various jets, rockets and other aircraft. Plymouth, in contrast to its competitors, valued engineering supremacy more than visual appeal.
Eventually sales for Chrysler slowed, causing Chrysler to realize that their absence of style in their automobiles was taking its toll on marketing. In 1947 Virgil Exner, an automobile designer, changed Chrysler's designs into streamline cars, sharply contrasting from their previously squarish car bodies.
What Chrysler was lacking was a two-seater roadster to compete with the Ford Falcon and General Motors's Chevrolet Corvette. For the shorter length needed for a roadster, the chassis of the Plymouth valiant was adopted. A 170cid I-6 engine with outputs of more than 200 horsepower was a suitable choice.
Shortly after, the Plymouth Asymmetrica was born. It was renamed Plymouth XNR after its designer, Virgil Exner. The XNR sported a modified Plymouth Valiant chassis about 106.5 inches long.
|The Plymouth is equipped with a 200hp six-cylinder engine|
The XNR produced about 250 horsepower and could reach speeds of 150 miles per hour. However, The Plymouth XNR never made it to production and was shipped back to where it was built in "Carrozzeria Ghia in Italy".
Click <HERE> to watch archive video of engineers
taking the Plymouth XNR for a test drive in 1960
Sales and history after development
Virgil Exner showed interest in buying it but was unable to do so. “My dad wanted to buy it, but if it had stayed in the U.S., it would have to have been destroyed,”- Virgil Exner jr. After it was shipped back to Ghia, an unknown Swiss man purchased the Plymouth XNR and then sold it to Mohammad Reza Phalevi, the Shah of Iran. Afterwards it was sold again to Anwar al Mulla, a Kuwaiti car dealer. It was sold again in the early 1970s to a man in Lebanon where it resided in underground storage until Karim Edde found the car hidden during the Lebanese Civil war(1975-1991). He recognized it and kept it in various locations to preserve it from the carnage of the Civil war. After the war the car was sent to RM Restorations in Canada in 2008 and was finished by 2011. It was sold on August 18, 2012 for $935,000 at the RM's Monterey acuction