Concept Classic: 1958 Imperial D’Elegance – The Origin Of The Valiant’s Roof, Among Other Things

 Chrysler Imperial d'Elegance

Since we have a Lancer CC today, it might be useful to examine the origins of the Valiant and Lancer’s “fuselage” design, which originated here. The Imperial D’Elegance dates from 1958, and Exner says that it was part of an exercise to maximize visibility, eliminating both the B and C pillars. The Lancer’s horizontally-ribbed grille, so different than the Valiant’s “classic” one, also appears to originate here. Other aspects of this pretty far-out design can be seen in other Chrysler products of the early sixties, for better or for worse.

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