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Saturday, May 23, 2020

The 1950s Diablo by Ghia for Chrysler

When we think of the words "Chrysler" and "Diablo" together, memories come to mind of a time when the American automaker owned Lamborghini and unveiled a successor to the iconic Countach model.
1957 Chrysler Diablo Concept car built by the Italian styling firm Carrozzeria Ghia. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2ZiPvxZ)
But that’s not what this is. And the Diablo which will be discussed this time is the Chrysler Diablo Concept actually dates back to 1957 when it was the star of the U.S. auto show circuit. This car was made in an era that is touted as a period of interplanetary travel, rocket ships, and outer-space fixation.
Left side view of 1957 Chrysler Diablo Concept car. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2ZiPvxZ)
It was a time when automakers desperately tried to envision the future of the automobile and what design direction and technology would they employ. As such, the cars were very futuristic and in many cases unrealistic.
Rear three-quarter view of 1957 Chrysler Diablo Concept car. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2ZiPvxZ)
The car was originally conceived by Chrysler’s renowned design head, Virgil Exner, and is an example of an aerodynamic design study in the 1950s. It was said previously, it born as the Dart in 1956 and fitted with a retractable hardtop coupe and showcased many of the design team's visions of a future means of transportation.

After its show tasks were over, the 22-foot-long car returned to the Italian styling firm Carrozzeria Ghia and tweaked the car's design by reworking the fins and painting it red (it was originally black), also added a soft convertible top feature, before the car debuted on the 1957 U.S. auto show circuit.
It is an aerodynamic masterpiece that is extremely innovative and equally attractive. It was fully operation that was subjected to a number of performances and design tests under strict laboratory conditions. Reportedly, Chrysler spent over $250,000 to develop the car and promoted the Diablo as being a 'Hydroplane on Wheels.' *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CONCEPTCARZ | CARSTYLING]
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