A year of design work from Chrysler and fifteen months of craftsmanship from Ghia disappeared on July 26, 1956 when the Italian ocean liner “Andrea Doria” sunk off the coast of North Carolina, in 200 feet of water, with the Norseman in its hold. It was a show car that was never shown and those responsible for its design – in particular Virgil M. Exner and Bill Brownlie were never able to see the car for which they had conceived so many novel features.
1956 Chrysler Norseman Features
Among those features were a cantilever roof which dispensed with the traditional screen and slide pillars, a 12-foot square panel of glass (rear window) which was power operated and slid up into the roof leaving the roof over the rear seat area open, a body of mainly aluminum panels, retractable headlamps mounted in the wing extremities, seat backs which pivoted along a vertical axis to allow ease of access to the rear, and lap type seatbelts which retracted into housings in the transmission tunnel when not in use. Further, the underbody was covered and smooth for aerodynamic efficiency.
Chrysler Norseman Model
This is a 1/43 scale model of the 1956 Chrysler Norseman, handcrafted in England from quality white metal. The model is perfectly detailed and will make a beautiful addition to any model car collection.