1998 Chrysler Chronos Concept

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Tom Gale ran Chrysler styling during the 1990s, a period when the company was a design leader, and not coincidentally a period of profitable sales. A number of current Chrysler products still show styling elements developed under Gale’s leadership. The 2005 Chrysler 300, and it’s current restyling were drawn from this car, the Chronos concept introduced in 1998. The Chronos’ designer, Osamu Shikado, said that he was influenced by the D’Elegance, a Chrysler show car that was one of Virgil Exner Sr’s early collaborations with Ghia. My guess is that he was also influenced by the Chrysler Special, a later Exner/Ghia car, which shares many of the D’Elegance’s lines, but has a distinctive grille with a chrome surround, a signature element of the recent 300s. The Chronos was on display along with other Gale era Chrysler concepts at the Concours of America in conjunction with his induction into the Automotive Hall of Fame.

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