Plymouth XNR one-off concept sells for nearly $1 million
A one-of-a-kind concept vehicle designed by Virgil Exner, the famous Chrysler designer, and once owned by the Shah of Iran came up at auction in California this weekend and sold for $935,000.
The car, a working concept built to showcase the future thinking of Chrysler-Plymouth in the early 1960s, was built as a working, driver-ready roadster. At the time, to show off the capabilities of the car (and by proxy its designers and the company whose nameplate it carried), the XNR was put on the race track and sped to over 150 miles per hour using its innovative 260 horsepower slant six engine.
The car was technically owned by Italian coachbuilder Ghia, who'd build it for Plymouth, and once its show days were over, they claimed ownership and sold it. The XNR eventually ended up in Iran where the then-Shah kept it in his stable of classic collectibles. Later, the car went to Beirut by unknown means. During the Lebanese civil war, however, it came to the attention of a car collector who, for years, moved it around to avoid seizure or damage. In 2008, Karim Edde, its then-owner, sent it to RM Restorations for thorough work.
This past weekend, RM Auctions (sister to RM Restorations) put the car on the block on behalf of its owner and brought the princely sum of just shy of a million dollars for the one-off concept car.