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1956 Chrysler Plainsman

1956 Chrysler Plainsman

1956 Chrysler Plainsman

Chrysler’s Plainsman is the only concept station wagon known to exist from the 1950s and ‘60s. Like so many other Chryslers of the era, this “Idea Station Wagon” was designed by Virgil Exner with construction carried out by Ghia of Italy. With known history that included a harrowing escape from the Cuban Revolution, the car is presented with numerous original, trendsetting features in original, as-found condition.

In Detail

type Concept / Prototype Car

Auction Sales History

1956 Chrysler Plainsman – did not sell for $90,000

Concurrent to its introduction at the 1956 Chicago Auto Show, Corporate styling director Virgil M. Exner declared his alluring Bronze Metallic Plainsman wagon concept as reflecting the “colorful and casual way of life that typifies the nation’s westward movement, and …a bold expression of the suburban trend in American living.” Accordingly, the Plainsman was given a well-appointed Chestnut and White calf hide leather interior, with climate control, power windows, a fully automated tailgate and such innovations as the rear facing “observation car” third seat.

Auction Source: 2010 Mecum at Monterey