Chrysler introduced this Chronos Concept Sedan just prior to the acquisition of the Chrysler Corp. by Germany's Daimler-Benz AG. The design inspirations of this long-hooded sedan were from the classic-era British sports cars and a trio of 1950s Chrysler concepts including the 1953 Special, the 1953 D'Elgance and the 1955 Falcon.
The car had a modified Viper-based chassis and rode on large 20- and 21-inch wheels and tires. The engine was a 6-liter SOHC V10 rated at 350 horsepower. The wood-, chrome- and leather-lined interior had equally impressive features as the aggressively sporty outer skin. There were dual centered tailpipes, wheel emblems weighted and balanced to always stay upright and a console-mounted thermidor for cigar aficionado occupants.
'If you're going for the flagship of the Chrysler Brand, and the Chrysler Chronos clearly is,' wrote then Design Vice President Tom Gale at the time, 'then everything must add up. The look must fit. The quality must be appropriate. And the ride must be exhilarating. It has to totally quench the thirst for perfection.'