Wednesday, February 12, 2020

1960 Plymouth XNR

The concept car was built in 1959 by Ghia and was presented in 1960. The red XNR, designed by Virgil M. Exner, was powered by a 170 Slant-Six engine prepared to NASCAR specs, which pumped out 250 horsepower. On Chrysler's testing track, the car had a top speed of 150 mph.

Chrysler decided there was just no market for the car; even if there had been, the styling would likely have seemed just too far out to sell well.
The XNR was eventually shipped back to the Ghia design studio. From there it changed hands several times; including a stay in the garage of the Shah of Iran, and from there it disappeared for a couple of decades -- until a Lebanese car collector found it. Karim Edde discovered the XNR stored in an underground garage in Beirut in the 1980s, and recognized it immediately.
Edde had the XNR restored to its original condition. After its display at classic car shows, the XNR won several awards, including its inclusion in an update of Sony's Gran Turismo driving game.

In August 2012 it sold at a California classic car auction for $935,000.