Barrett-Jackson 2012: 1954 Desoto Adventurer II Coupe concept car sells for $1.3 million [UPDATE: w/video]

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Of all the concept cars ever shown off to a fawning public, one of the coolest has got to be this 1954 Desoto Adventurer II Coupe. It was originally built in 1954, and it sits atop a Chrysler Imperial chassis with a body designed and built by Ghia.

It's not surprising that this Desoto Ghia concept looks so beautiful with names like Savonuzzi and Exner listed as its designers. Take special note of the sliding rear window, which allows this car to be converted into a sort of reverse convertible.

Including all fees, this concept sold for $1,430,000. Check out our live images of the 1954 Desoto Adventurer II Coupe concept at the 2012 Barrett-Jackson auction or watch a video of the auction after the jump.

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Summary: One-off concept built by Ghia on a Chrysler Imperial chassis, 125.5" long. Original HEMI power. Classified as one of the top ten concept cars ever constructed.

Details: One of the most spectacular Ghia designs was the DeSoto Adventurer II, a derivative of the Savonuzzi Supersonic Series, somewhat reworked by Virgil Exner. Extremely long for a two-seater, its form is at once elegant and refined yet boldly spectacular. An innovative feature that seems never to have been replicated was the sliding-into-the-trunk backlight, opening up the roof behind the seats, giving a draft-free open area and many of the advantages of a convertible with none of the inconveniences. A close look at the DeSoto will show just how fastidious and perfection-minded Ghia designers, managers and workmen were.

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