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Advertised as “rakish, jaunty, exotic, venturesome and dashing,” the 1952 Chrysler-Ghia C-200 concept car embodied Virgil Exner’s design philosophy of enhancing the functional elements of the car: large wire wheels, spare tire, radiator grille and tail lights.

The 1952 Chrysler Special premiered in the 1952 Paris Auto Show sporting its Ghia “continental” design with a slightly more squared-off approach to its contours. The 1952, 1953 and 1954 Chrysler Special and D’Elegance remained as showroom models or very limited production cars and helped generate interest in the Chrysler brand during a difficult economic period.