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The 1957 Chrysler Diablo is Going on the Block

By May 22, 2008

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1957 Chrysler DiabloOn August 15th, RM Auctions will offer the 1957 Chrysler Diablo at it's Sports & Classics of Monterey. The Diablo, produced by Chrysler during what is today affectionately known as the "Virgil Exner Era", is an impressive, one-of-a-kind concept car, designed by influential American stylist, Virgil Exner and bodied by Italian coachbuilders Ghia. It represents one example of a series of American designed, Italian built concept cars from the 1950s, and a special partnership formed between Chrysler and Ghia to produce a line of innovative 'idea cars' in order to compete with the industry's other major players.

The Diablo started life as the 1956 Chrysler Dart, a featured concept for the 1957 US auto show circuit, before being slightly modified by Virgil Exner in an effort to achieve a more production look. Styling changes included fitting the car with a new windscreen and conventional soft-top convertible roof, shortening of the fins and painting Diablo red. The look was completed by numerous Diablo insignias on both the interior and exterior.

The Diablo was reportedly Chrysler's star concept car of the year in 1957 and was showcased to the public at the 1958 Chicago Auto Show, before being returned to Ghia in Italy for their corporate promotion. The car eventually found its way back to the United States and has been under the careful care of its current owner for over 25 years.

The legendary Diablo has been a featured attraction at various museums over the years, including the Cleveland Auto and Aviation Museum, the Petersen Automotive Museum and Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, as well as at such events as the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and New York's Louis Vuitton Classic.

Its offering at the upcoming RM Auctions' Sports & Classics of Monterey on August 15th will mark the car's auction debut - an exclusive ownership opportunity for dream car enthusiasts.

Visit our photo gallery to view more pictures of the Diablo provded by RM Auctions.

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