Virgil Exner was a man of many dreams indeed, some better than others. His last one at Chrysler reminds me of some of the dreams I have at night, and I mean that sincerely. If only I could find a way to record them! Anyway, his Turboflyte of 1961 is what it is. The rear wing is a predictor of things to come from Chrysler with their Superbird and Charger Daytona, although I doubt it had any aerodynamic function here. The white stripe in the tires is an odd touch. I guess if you’re going to show that much rubber, might as well make it more distinctive.
The Imperial D’Elegance is also unfortunate. Yet it was clearly a very influential design, given the many shapes and details that show up production Chrysler products. The 1960 Chryslers showed numerous influences,
and I see way too much 1060 Valiant in the shape of the rear. No toilet seat, though. It’s the batting average that counts, and Exner certainly left us with plenty of dreams I’d be glad to have had.