The 1960 Plymouth XNR will cross the block next month at the RM Auction in Monterey, Calif.

The one-of-a-kind sports car was penned by Chrysler design guru Virgil Exner, who always hoped Chrysler would include a roadster in its lineup. The XNR featured a powerful six-cylinder engine that pumped out 250 horses and gave the XNR a top of speed of 150 mph.

Ultimately, the project never got the green light, and the XNR was shipped back to Carrozzeria Ghia in Italy, where it was built.

From there, the car's story gets more interesting. A series of owners bought it in the '60s, and it wound up in the Shah of Iran's garage. It was sold again before it disappeared. In the early 1980s, car collector Karim Edde discovered the XNR in Beirut, Lebanon, hidden away in an underground garage. He bought the car and shuffled it around safe houses as the civil war erupted around him.

Twenty years later, Edde had the XNR fully restored. Since it's a concept, there were no spare parts and whatever could not be repaired was fabricated. RM Auctions has not suggested a price the XNR will go for, but we hope its next owner continues the car's legacy.

You can watch Chrysler engineers test the XNR at the company's proving grounds in the video below.


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      Edward
      • 2 Years Ago
      This was the beginning of several new features. The '61-62 Plymouths borrowed some styling and all Mopars got alternators, as seen on the then new slant six in the XNR. For a short time, the engines were available as seen, with four barrel carbs and split, dual exhausts. Stock single exhaust manifolds were so long they would crack from heating/cooling warping. The engines were otherwise unbreakable. It's sorta strange to look underhood at an older car and to see the garage floor. Not possible today!
        Synthono
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Edward
        Some proposals for the '61s and '62s also toyed around with asymmetry like on the XNR, though they weren't actually produced. I've seen images of a Plymouth clay with three taillights on one side and one on the other.
      Ben Dover
      • 2 Years Ago
      Apparently they thought that it would never get particularly hot or rain in the future. If Michael J Fox can hold the steering wheel of a DeLorean steady enough, we need to go back in time and warn them about global warming and acid rain.
      Peter
      • 2 Years Ago
      Damn, imagine if they made this thing... Could've been a real Corvette killer
      Xedicon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I got to hear this baby run in a video of a semi recent car show, and that slant six sounds awesome!
      jz78817
      • 2 Years Ago
      is there anything the slant six couldn't do?
      Toneron
      • 2 Years Ago
      Awesome asymmetrical design - whole vehicle echos the leaning tower of power. Epic.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Jaybird248
      • 2 Years Ago
      Virgil Exner hit his peak with the '57 Chrysler line, then moved on to increasingly bizarre designs. The XNR, named for him, foreshadowed the odd-looking '60 Valiant and the even odder '62 Dodge and Plymouth, the latter two sales busts. Those, plus his illness, led to his ouster as Chrysler design chief shortly thereafter. Nice to see this piece of history found, restored, and preserved. Hopefully it will go into a museum where we can all view it and not disappear again into some collector's locked garage.
      Sumanster
      • 2 Years Ago
      Interesting that it foreshadowed by more than 10 years the chrome loop bumpers of early '70s Satellites, e.g.: http://www.lhmopars.com/MOPAR_Ads/1971_Plymouth_Satellite_Sebring_ad.html
      Chris
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's amazing how outlandish concepts were back in those days. Now, most of the concepts seem halfway believable, like something you might actually see on the road. Back in the 50s and 60s, it seems like they went all out and threw practicality out the window. This is just one of many examples I can think of. I wonder what caused the change.
        caddy-v
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Chris
        They weren't outlandish back then, we thought they were the future.
          Chris
          • 2 Years Ago
          @caddy-v
          What I was getting at is that it seems that the prototypes were a lot further off from the actual production models of the day. I mean look at the car in the picture. It has two different windshields, and a hatch that covers the front seat. You had concepts that resembled jets. Some production models of the day may have borrowed design cues from those concepts, but nothing like that ever saw production, and I really don't ever see anything nearly that outlandish today
      gfviperman
      • 2 Years Ago
      Have loved that car since it graced the May 1960 cover of Motor Trend ... which sold for 35 cents!! Always wanted a Mopar to kick some vette butt. Had to wait 32 years for the Viper. Guess what I was out driving today??? So sad I'm not rich, would out-bid anyone for this car. Jay Leno loved it - bet he is a player on this auction. Virgil was THE MAN!!
      Jonathan Ippolito
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow this is so beautiful, original, and so amazing ! Love this car !
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