Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Exner Styled: 1956 Chrysler Windsor

The Windsor name was first used on a full sized Chrysler in 1939, when it was the junior model to the big New Yorker sedan.  By 1956, the Windsor was now "forward look" styled by the legendary Virgil Exner - and with Imperial being spun off into its own brand, the Windsor became the top model of the Chrysler brand.  Find this 1956 Chrysler Windsor coupe here on eBay bidding for $2,650 with a few hours to go, located in Molalla, OR.

You don't need to be a fan of big 50s American tail fins to appreciate the Windsor coupe, even this example, which has some rust and needs.  The brute under the hood is a 331 cubic inch pig iron V8 that puts out 225 horsepower via a 2-bbl carburetor.

See a better way to drive around with tail fins?


  1. Hey this is a serious slab of cool. Gives me the vibe of a Tbird front and all business of a Continental rear, even if not maybe close to either. I really like it. Wish it was closer but if I win the powerball tonight I might just make this my first purchase.

  2. I never much liked the looks of these mid '50 Mopars back in the day (which for me would have been at least a decade after they were built) but the shapes have aged well, arguably better than some of the more gadgety designs GM and Ford were putting out in that era.

  3. The Windsor was the price leader model in 1956. The 300, Newport, and New Yorker were upscale from the Windsor. The Windsor did not have the hemi used in the others.

  4. Shop Teacher is correct. The New Yorker & the 'letter-car', the 300-B, topped Chrysler's line-up in '56. The Windsor was the base car.


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