In 1953, Virgil Exner designed the unique Thomas Special,
built by Ghia for C.B. Thomas, Chrysler's president of the export division.
The car showed a lot of design similarities to the 1953 D'Elegance,
the roofline was almost the same, front and rear were modified.
Later, Ghia produced 18 Specials, 6 for Chrysler, 12
showing almost the same design.
The main difference to the Thomas Special is that the Specials didn't have a split-windshield.
This Special was photographed at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum.
In January 2011, Marcel Maier sent me the following photos of another Special:
The car is registered in Germany and was photographed
in 2009, at a small local car show in Switzerland, just about 10km from
but I missed the show, and so I missed the chance to take my own photos...
Great to see such a rare car on the road, not in a museum!
Car Collector, October 1997
photos by Adrian Chadwick (blue car in the Chrysler Museum) and Marcel Maier (silver car)
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