This one-off Chrysler d’Elegance was a signature car of Chrysler designer, Virgil Exner. It firmly entrenched his career at Chrysler and heavily influenced the 50’s era Chrysler “letter” car series.
This car was upgraded by Chrysler in 1954 with the larger 354 cubic inch HEMI and the new torque flight transmission and 12-volt electrical system. Also, the service plagued disc brakes were converted to drums.
Immediately afterward Chysler produced another car know as the notchback “Thomas Special” coupe and 25 adional cars known simply as the Chrysler Special were prepared by Ghia in Italy.