Chrysler – Boano Coupé Speciale (1956)
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One glance at this one of one reveals that a connoisseur has here fulfilled his dream. The great Giovanni Agnelli commissioned coachbuilder Mario Boano to build a classic coupé in the English style and without any modernist traits, but packing a great deal of power. Boano spent just ten days making sketches and then Agnelli was in a position to make a decision. A Chrysler 300 powered by a 5.8 litre Hemi V8 engine served as the platform and Boano shortened the chassis by 18 centimetres.
When the coupé was finished at the end of 1956, it’s understood that Agnelli was very satisfied. The aristocratic coupé was fitted with power windows and sliding roof, upholstered in luxury, light-coloured leather and enhanced by light green woollen carpets and rosewood veneer. However, the tycoon passed it on to his brother Umberto because as future Fiat boss, he didn’t want to be seen driving a vehicle manufactured by another automaker. Umberto Agnelli took the coupé to Paris where it remained quietly in French ownership for 30 years before moving to the United States at the end of the 1980s. The present owner acquired the car in 2018 and after meticulous research had it restored to
the highest level.