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Saturday, November 28, 2020

The beauty Chrysler (Ghia) Falcon Concept of 1955

Beautiful cars that were born in the 1950s, almost always amaze automotive fans today. Yes, they always look beautiful because convincingly they get top class care from the owners who incidentally are those who know how to treat this kinds of rare items.
1955 Chrysler (Ghia) Falcon Concept designed by Virgil Exner and built in collaboration between Chrysler and Ghia. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2V6YvD7)
The story of this beautiful car began when Virgil Exner decided to leave the American manufacturer Studebaker to join Chrysler's Advanced Design Studio in 1949. So shortly after that was born the Chrysler Falcon as the result the collaboration of Chrysler and Ghia, an Italian coachwork company.
1955 Chrysler (Ghia) Falcon Concept has similar in size to both its rivals of the Chevrolet Corvette and Ford Thunderbird. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2V6YvD7)
It was a prototype two-seater roadster-style concept car designed by him to built as the Chrysler's model of 1955. This car was never mass produced, but many of the ideas and styling elements of this Falcon concept were eventually used in several other Chrysler car designs. 
1955 Chrysler (Ghia) Falcon Concept is equipped with a 276 cubic-inch OHV V8 engine, which can produce up to 170 hp (127 kW) of power and 346 Nm (255 lbs-ft) of torque. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2V6YvD7)
In fact, some of the features that were considered 'advanced' in this era would not appear for many years, such as the open-sided exhaust pipe design, which was only used in the production version of the 1992 Dodge Viper.
1955 Chrysler (Ghia) Falcon Concept's interior featured a split bench style seat finished in burgundy leather, with a floor mounted shifter for the two-speed PowerFlite transmission and a Nardi wooden steering wheel. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2V6YvD7)
The name 'Falcon' was originally intended to be the name for the new Plymouth Valiant model, but Ford Motor Company first released a production car under the name Ford Falcon, after Henry Ford II made a formal request to use the name.
The open-sided exhaust system is one of advanced features pinned on the Chrysler (Ghia) Falcon Concept. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2V6YvD7)
Designed to be as the base model which has similar in size to both its rivals of the Chevrolet Corvette and Ford Thunderbird. And the Chrysler Falcon is equipped with a 276 cubic-inch OHV V8 engine, which can produce up to 170 hp (127 kW) of power and 346 Nm (255 lbs-ft) of torque.
1955 Chrysler (Ghia) Falcon Concept is equipped by many of the design and styling elements would later be seen in various other Chrysler vehicles. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2V6YvD7)
The engine is mated to a two-speed automatic transmission and able to make the car had a top speed of about 115 mph, while the zero-to-sixty took about 10 seconds.

While the car's interior featured a split bench style seat finished in burgundy leather, with a floor mounted shifter for the two-speed PowerFlite transmission and a Nardi wooden steering wheel.
1955 Chrysler (Ghia) Falcon Concept was meant to be a competitor to the Ford Thunderbird and the Chevrolet Corvette. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2V6YvD7)
For a long time, most automakers believed that only one Falcon prototype was produced, which was then taken to various auto shows. However, coachbuilder Ghia, who collaborated with Chrysler, had built three units of the Falcon prototype.
One of the three prototypes is now at the Chrysler Museum. Meanwhile, the second unit was sold to a collector in the US, and the third was sent to Venezuela and remained there for a long time, before returning to the United States. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CONCEPTCARZ.COM ]
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