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Chrysler – Norseman

The Chrysler Norseman was a four-seat fastback coupe built in 1956 as a concept car. Although designed by Chrysler’s stylists, actual construction was contracted out to the Italian coach-building firm of Carrozzeria Ghia. The concept car was lost during the sinking of the SS Andrea Doria.

Vehicle Overview

The car was to be a featured attraction of Chrysler’s auto show exhibit for 1957 and was shipped from Turin by Ghia to New York City in July 1956. The car was shipped on the ocean liner SS Andrea Doria, which was involved in a collision off the coast of Massachusetts and sank, with the loss of fifty-one lives and all cargo.

The beautiful, one-of-a-kind automobile was a “fascinating casualty” of the sinking of the Andrea Doria. As a result, the car was never shown to the public and was never seen by most of the stylists who worked on it. It is known to automotive historians, however, through photographs and specifications. Chrysler never used the cantilevered roof design in any subsequent vehicle.

Technical Specifications

  • Body
  • Year
    1956
  • Make
    Chrysler
  • Model
    Norseman
  • Coachbuilder
    Ghia
  • Length (mm)
    5800
  • Width (mm)
    1990
  • Height (mm)
    1410
  • Photo credits
    N/A
  • Engine Type
    V8
  • Designer
    Virgil Exner

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