1953 Chrysler Thomas Special


Rear Left 1953 Chrysler Thomas Special Concept Car Picture
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After World War II, Chrysler was invited to the Italian auto builder Fiat to help train their workers. At the same time, Chrysler was able to learn more about coachbuilding.

The 1953 Chrysler Special Concept car used the Chrysler Fire Power V8 hemi engine which, with modifications, could produce 350 horsepower.

Although Chrysler initially approached Pinin Farina to build prototype bodies in 1950, by 1951 an agreement had been signed with Carrozzeria Ghia in Turin to build a series of cars based upon designs by Chrysler chief stylist Virgil Exner. In the early '50s, the Chrysler Ghia cars were about as close as any American automaker came to recreating the coachbuilt classics of the late 1930s.

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