Tuesday, 17 July 2012

1960 Plymouth XNR

If the Jaguar D-Type had been reimagined by George Barris and George Jetson, it would have become the Plymouth XNR. Sculpted around the driver with an exotic hump that runs from nose to tail, its spaceship aesthetic is tremendously forward-looking in a very nineteen-sixties sense: a vision of the future, from the past.
Penned by Virgil Exner Sr., the Plymouth Falcon was a mooted Corvette rival, relinquishing its name (which Ford had already bagged) and adopting its designer's surname (Exner>XNR) as its own. Under the skin was the architecture of the rather more pedestrian Plymouth Valiant, both in terms of chassis and motive power; eschewing the V8 obsession of the age, the XNR was propelled by a Valiant 2.8-litre slant-six, tuned to NASCAR spec and good for 250bhp.
This has always been one of SuckSqueezeBangBlow's favourite concept cars - the engine is a wonderfully offbeat choice and the styling is just sublime - it's the asymmetric chrome cross that forms the rear bumper that really makes it. If there's any way the car could have been made production-viable, it would have gone down in history as one of the all-time classics.
Photos via Beautiful Life.

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