HistoryBuff Posted December 29, 2013 Share Posted December 29, 2013 Look at the picture of this huge American car,about half way down the page, side viewhttp://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=36086Everyone knows that the Shah of Iran, Reza Pahlavia, had a love of cars. The rumor is that-- after the revolution--his palace was looted and the 1,000 cars scattered. Many of the cars are still there, in a nicely lit showroom of sorts, including a Bizzarrini, Cadillacs, Rolls Royces and such. But one that would shock American car guys, if they could go to the Museum, is the Chrysler 300K .This is a huge car, which from the side view looks like a 1956 Lincoln Premiere though from the side view there’s a little Volvo P1800 front fender treatment too. In fact the low mounted grille is almost Volvo shaped. Of course the Volvo was designed in Sweden but who knows if they were looking at pictures of this Chrysler designed in Italy when they did it?Also it has wastegates on the lower front fender similar to Pininfarina Ferraris of the time, particularly the SuperAmericas. The roof style is a little bit Karmann-Ghia styled, no surpsise as Ghia designed the Karmann Ghia. The fins are typical Chrysler of the era with very elaborate rear bumpers obviously hand made just for this car. Though some call it the K300 it is based on a 300B chassis. If one wanted to restore it, I at least know who made the glass. Ghia used the european company Sekurit to supply them with glass for their creations including flat glass. This writer does not know if Virgil Exner Sr., who was responsible for Chrysler’s “Forward look” worked on the design though they do look like this private commission was a chance to try out in steel some future design while having a Royal foot the bill. The car is finished in a strong bronze color, though that might have not been the original color. The Shah seemed to turn away from American cars after he got on a Lamborghini binge. But always, as is usual with Royals, he got a car that was a little bit different, after all it wouldn’t do for the King to drive the same car as a commoner. What I would like to know is misc. tidbits such as: did Exner sr. or Jr. design it? Or Ghia do it all by themselves? Are there photos of the Shah with the car? Is it as valuable as the Chrysler concept cars like the d'Elegance? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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