1955 Chrysler Falcon ConceptT
he Chrysler Falcon Concept, a two seat roadster, was designed by Virgil Exner and built by Chrysler for the 1955 model year. The car was never put into production but many of the design and styling elements would later be seen in various other Chrysler vehicles. Many of the ideas would not make it into production for many years, such as the exposed side exhaust pipes on the Dodge Viper in 1992.
The Chrysler Falcon Concept was meant to be a competitor to the Ford Thunderbird and the Chevrolet Corvette. Power was from a cast iron, 276 cubic-inch overhead valve V8 engine offering 170 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque. It had a two-speed automatic transmission and the total package weighed just 3,300 lbs.
The Chrysler Corporation initially intended the Falcon name to be used for the Plymouth Valiant, but the Ford Motor Company released a production car with the name first. Chrysler needed a new name so they designed a contest among their employees to find a new name.
The car had power brakes, electric windows, and power steering. It measured 182 inches long, stood 51 inches tall, and had a 105 inch wheelbase. Inside, there were adjustable bucket seats, leather upholstery, and concave inner door panels. It rode on wire wheels with simulated knock-off hubs.
With the 276 cubic-inch overhead valve Hemi V8 engine, the car had a top speed of about 115 mph. Zero-to-sixty took about 10 seconds.by Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2014
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