Friday, April 22, 2016

The dream of Exner, Plymouth XNR

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In 1960, Plymouth was a producer of practical, solid and slow cars, competing head-to-head with Chevrolet and Ford. But he didn't have a response to flourish to the Corvette and the elegant designer Exner Virgil was the intended to change that.
Exner was given carte blanche to put a bit of life in line of the company, in an effort to increase sales and improve the image of the company, and one of his ideas "cars" was a two-seater that thought as well of that he was baptized with its name.



Exner built his car of your dreams in a modified version of the unibody chassis. Under the hood was the 170-cubic-inch tilt and six, inclined at an angle of 30 degrees and in tune with 250 horsepower, thanks to updated collectors of intake and exhaust and modified for use in NASCAR Pistons. The engine can be accelerated at 7,500 rpm, and Exner wanted a car capable of 150 mph. To test the car, which reached 143 kilometers per hour, and then, with a glass fiber cone, the RNX overcame 152 mph in the land Chrysler's test in Romeo, Michigan




Its asymmetric design theme, although it is not revolutionary, is intriguing, which offers an interesting view from almost any angle. But it is especially evident when the car is seen from behind. Bold, extended nose has a grid of solid aluminum with holes drilled for cooling, with the then popular quadruple headlights. A vertical fin similar to that of a Jaguar D-type, extends from the campaign to the queue. A bold chrome cross serves as a CAP, with a thin sheet which flows down flap.



Inside, round dials on meters have single, inverted lenses that mimic camera lens, which reflects the interest of Exner on the picture. The glove box, with a shoulder strap, is separated from the dash to be used as a camera bag.


Hand body, formed by the Italian bodywork Ghia, is steel and not fiberglass, which is used for the majority of the manufacturers of concept cars. This is further proof that the XNR was intended to be used, not only serve as a show car.



The XNR has had an Odyssey worthy of a novel. The car was sent back to Ghia in Italy, which sold it to a Swiss man who in turn sold it to Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Persian collector that also happened to be the Shah of Iran, was finally sold to a collector from Kuwait and then a man in the Lebanon, where was hidden during the civil war there from 1975 until 1991.




Karim Edde, a Lebanese collector, was looking for cars to buy and heard talk of it, which was being stored at only 200 metres from his home. Edde bought the car and kept him in hiding, moving from one place to another to maintain their security.




In 2009, embarked the car to Canada, where the restoration of RM Auctions arm began a two year project to return to its original beauty.


The car was completed in time for the 2011 Amelia Island Concours d' Élégance, which won its class. It was also awarded at Pebble concours, taking the Gran Turismo and class awards.

Source : http://www.autoweek.com