Twas a lovely sophisticated upscale design for 1951. Rear resembles a Rolls Royce or a Bentley. Grill slightly suggests Studebaker Hawk of 1957+. Front also suggests Front of Dodge 1953-54. Love the skinny stainless trimmed window pillars. It is a European touring sedan/saloon. Metallic paint is premium finish for its day. This car comes up repeatedly in Chrysler auto history but I never saw this design influence any production Mopar's of the 1950s. Lovely little limo!
JohnnyD outside of the two features you mention, the vehicle was very much the rather boxy 4-dr body that emerged with the 1949 Plymouth and largely continued through to the '51 4dr. with minor detail changes.
Quite an attractive and forward-thinking design, to my old eyes! It reminds me of Jaguar's compact sedan, the Mark I and Mark II, although of course there was no Mark I designation until the Mark II came along. You can see the sexy curves and smaller dimensions in this car.
Looks like a 1951 Frazer Manhattan to me. Except uglier. In all fairness except for Ford and Studebaker earlier 50's styling left much to be desired. I love Buick but the front of a 1950 model had to be the most grotesque thing ever designed.
I don't know if it's realistic but Chrysler should have kept the Turbine design and built a car around it. It was always a classic. I didn't know anything about Plymouth Ghias but I have had possession of a Chrysler Ghia Convertible for several months a long time ago and it was certainly attention getting and very comfortable. I remember the car was White with a Black Leather interior. Lots of grunt at the Green Light...........
This is certainly a stylish upgrade from the stock Plymouth sedan, and frankly, this is new to me. I've seen pictures of the Chrysler and De Soto coupes, though, and they are stunning. I would bet a retrospective on those show cars or prototypes would be informative to many, many readers.
As an caretaker of a couple of Karmann Ghia's I definitely see the Ghia influence, especially the front & rear glass. The shapes are nearly identical. The crown of the rear quarters are very reminiscent too. Informative article!
Owned a 53 Plymouth Cranbrook as well as a 52 Chrysler in the mid 60's and both were reliable tanks. Loved the Turbine design but it looks like a later T-Bird to me. Designs for the Ghia back in the 50's were forward thinking when you compare to what was produced. I really enjoy history lesson like these, keep them coming.
I always liked this car. It has an Air of a Rolls but not really looking like one.
This styling would not have lasted long but I try to look at it and see what it could have evolved into. It is a shame that Chrysler has so many good show cars and limited run cars that just never really extended into the production cars as much as they could have.
The Turbine was designed by a ex Ford designer. That is why it look more T bird than Chrysler.
Imagine if the Imperial had gone this way as to how it may have influenced Cadillac and Lincoln.
I for one see some timeless styling here and have a difficult time believing Chrysler didn't jump on making this body design a reality. There's a distinct hint of Bentley / Rolls in these published photograph's, a vast improvement over many of the body designs put into production over the next 10 - 15 years after this concept vehicle was shown by Chrysler, Dodge & Plymouth. Too bad there weren't a few interior shots taken of this XX-500. I'm convinced they'd reflect the exterior's elegance as well. I'd be extremely happy to have a copy of this unique car in my collection, if only they would have actually produced them on the assembly line. Beauty indeed is in the eye of the beholder. Thanks for publishing this most fascinating piece!