Forward Look was a design theme employed by Virgil Exner in styling the 1955 through 1961 Chrysler Corporation vehicles.
When Exner joined Chrysler, the company's vehicles were being fashioned by engineers instead of designers, and so were considered outmoded, unstylish designs. Exner fought to change this structuring, and got control over the design process, including the clay prototypes and the die models used to create production tooling.
After seeing the P-38-inspired tailfins on the 1948 Cadillac, Exner adopted fins as a central element of his vehicle designs. He believed in the aerodynamic benefits of the fins, and even used wind tunnel testing at the University of Michigan—but he also liked their visual effects on the car. Exner lowered the roofline and made the cars sleeker, smoother, and more aggressive. In 1955, Chrysler introduced "The New 100-Million Dollar Look". With a long hood and short deck, the wedgelike designs of the Chrysler 300 letter series and revised 1957 models suddenly brought the company to the forefront of design, with Ford and General Motors quickly working to catch up. The 1957 Plymouths were advertised with the slogan, "Suddenly, it's 1960!"
A Mopar oil filter from the late 1950s bears the Forward Look logo
Fins soon lost popularity. By the late 1950s Cadillac, Chrysler and many other marques had escalated the size of fins until some thought they were stylistically questionable, and they became a symbol of American excess in the early 60s. 1961 is considered the last of the "Forward Look" designs. The 1962's were referred to as "plucked chickens" by Exner.
Pontiacs for 1964
John DeLorean replaced Pete Estes as general manager, and he continued the
same emphasis on performance that Bunkie Knudsen and Estes had begun.
The big news for 1964 For 1964, the Tempest and LeMans' transaxle design
was dropped and the cars were redesigned under GM's new A body platform;
frame cars with a conventional front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout. The
most important of these is the GTO, short for "Gran Turismo Omologato," the
Italian for "Grand Touring, Homologated" used by Ferrari as a badge to
announce a car's official qualification for racing. In spite of a GM
unwritten edict against engines larger than 330 ci in intermediate cars,
DeLorean (with support from Jim Wangers from Pontiac's ad agency), came up
with the idea to offer the GTO as a dealer option package that included a
389 ci engine rated at 325 or 348 horsepower (260 kW).
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First Corvettes Being Built - 1953
Rare home movies chronicle the first Corvettes going into production. Each
one is built by hand at the GM factory in Flint, Michigan. Only 300
Corvettes were built that first year. All 1953 Corvettes were white with a
red interior, all had Powerglide automatic transmissions mated to 150 HP,
six cylinder engines with three carburetors and dual Exhaust. Of those 300, 255 survived.
The Development of the Chrysler K Car
The Chrysler Corporation's K-cars were an automobile platform of
compact-to-midsize cars designed to carry six adults on two bench seats and
were aimed not only to replace Chrysler's nominally compact F-body Aspen
and Volaré, but also to compete with intermediates like the Chevrolet
Malibu and Ford Fairmont. Based on their passenger space, the K-cars were
placed in the same "midsize" category by the United States Environmental
Protection Agency as Chrysler's significantly larger and heavier M-body
The K cars have been categorized as compact for their external size and
small front-wheel drive layout. Technically, the K cars include only the
Dodge Aries, Plymouth Reliant, second generation Chrysler LeBaron, and the
Dodge 400, which used the K platform. The rest of the K-derivatives,
including Chrysler's minivans, were based on the K platform with
adaptations and modifications to suit vehicles of different sizes and
intended usage. These vehicles had modified suspensions and were longer and
heavier than the original K-cars, but all had the same basic architecture:
a solid beam rear axle, independent front suspensions with MacPherson
struts, and front-wheel drive (except for the AWD minivans). Sometimes,
they also shared numerous internal components and trim pieces (e.g., the
Reliant and first-generation Voyager).
Men Bet Their Lives on It -- Packard Merlin Engines
Rolls-Royce developed the legendary Merlin engine that held land, aviation
and water speed records. It was unmatched but the Rolls factories were
threatened during WWII and the company needed a partner in a safe country
that could produce the engines as well. They also had to be able to
produce them up to Rolls-Royce standards. Packard was the one.
Packard built Merlin engines for the Lancaster bombers, P-51 Mutangs and
other airplanes during WWII in its Detroit Factory with American workers
who served on the home front by transforming the auto factories into the
Arsenal of Democracy. Many credit the industrial might of this country
with winning the War.
These engines won the Battle of Britain and took the fight far into
Germany. Other Packard engines were enlisted to power PT Boats.
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My Classic Car Season 16 Episode 24 - Virgil Exner Mopars
On this episode of My Classic Car, Dennis checks out Virgil Exner designed
Mopars. Plus, he'll check out new ways to upgrade the sound system in your
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1963 Chrysler Turbine: Ultimate Edition - Jay Leno's Garage
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These Are The Worst Fords In History. Sorry Henry -- AFTER/DRIVE
Everyone's been celebrating Henry Ford's 150th birthday by talking about
the successes of the company he founded. What about the, well not so much.
With Leo Parente, whose stories of working for Ford during the 1970s are
worth the price of admission.
The Unfortunate History of the AMC Pacer
Behind all the jokes and insults, the AMC Pacer is actually a car with a
great deal of history. It began as radical new design from an underdog
company. In an attempt to combat the big, bland, boxy cars from Detroit's
"Big Three," little American Motors Corporation decided to build something
a little different. Their one-eyed car stylist Dick Teague proposed a
small, wide car with big windows and smooth areodynamics. Americans had
never seen anything like it.
This in-depth documentary tells the true story of the Pacer. Unbeknownst
to many, the car persevered through manufacturing setbacks, government
regulations, and many other troubles. Featuring a ton of old car
advertisements and rare footage of AMC's factory, the film helps paint a
picture of the Pacer's world. Director Joe Ligo sits down with AMC stylist
Vincent Geraci, author Patrick Foster, and television personalities John
Davis and Pat Goss from PBS's MotorWeek.
134362 / 1957 DeSoto Adventurer
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For fans of unique cars, it doesn't get much better than an Exner era
Chrysler. And if you're a discerning collector who's itching for a classic
big-fin Mopar that'll be the star of every cruise night in town, this '57
DeSoto is your ticket!
Based on legendary designer Virgil Exner's 'Forward Look' body, DeSoto's
Adventurer was introduced to supplement the brand's well-known Fireflite
series and, according to many classic car enthusiasts, is some of the
finest metal to ever leave an American design studio. The spectacular code
L Surf White and code P Adventurer Gold example you see here was assembled
at Chrysler's Detroit, Michigan manufacturing facility and currently wears
a clean, high quality restoration that has been exceptionally maintained.
Recognized as the first European to cross our famed Mississippi River,
Hernando de Soto was considered North America's ultimate adventurer. As
such, the Adventurer series became the DeSoto line's ultimate offering. And
this car's classy metal moves thanks to an exclusive Hemispherical V8 that
wears a correct S26-A-2311 engine stamp and turns hearty 9.5 to 1
compression into a stout 345 horsepower. Clocking in at
345 cubic inches, this square-bore mill was introduced as a slightly
massaged match for Chrysler's renowned letter cars. The copy you see here
appears to wear a roster of correct pieces from its freshly decaled Mopar
air cleaners and high performance Carter carburetors all the way to its
heavy duty radiator and green cap Mopar battery. And little details like
fresh chrome valve covers, vivid "DESOTO FIREFLITE EIGHT" call-outs,
correct squeeze clamps and a pair of fully restored horns round out the
car's natural eyeball appeal.
Behind the FireFlite V8, a slick-shifting A727 Torqueflite 3-speed
automatic sends power to a correct rear end. That tough driveline spins in
a fully restored undercarriage that's complete with Chrysler's robust
torsion bars and stiff outrider springs. At the corners of that
undercarriage, heavy duty power drum brakes ensure solid, fade free stops.
At the center of the car's solid floors, a traditional true dual Exhaust system employs fresh turbo mufflers that sound deep and civilized. And
all this road-worthy hardware rides on old school wire wheels which spin
pliable 235/75R15 Firestone FR721 whitewall tires.
Take a look inside this coupe and you'll find a spacious and airy
environment that has enough room to haul the whole family in comfort! Front
and rear bench seats, which still feel firm to the touch, prop an
attractive combination of two-tone vinyl under plaid centerpieces. Like-new
carpet, which is sprinkled front to back with awesome gold flecks, does an
excellent job of highlighting rich and luxurious ambiance. Above that
carpet, a Surf White dash hangs a fresh gray pad, fully rebuilt gauges,
triple-range pushbutton transmission controls and a correct AM radio over a
prominent Big Daddy Don Garlits autograph. And in front of the driver, a
two-tone steering wheel spins a chrome horn ring around an intricate DeSoto
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Virgil Exner Jr shares him memories of the 1957 Diablo concept car created
by his father Virgil Exner Sr. with Joe Bortz in Monterey, CA