Chrysler Thunderbolt, "It's the "hit" of the New York Show," 1940-1941

Summary

Stylist Alex Tremulis designed the Chrysler Thunderbolt concept car during his time with coachbuilder Briggs Manufacturing Company. The distinctive Thunderbolt featured hidden headlights, a powered retractable hardtop, pushbutton door handles, and pontoon fenders that wrapped completely around the car -- including all four wheels. Five Thunderbolts were built and Chrysler toured them around the country, drawing excited crowds at every stop.

Stylist Alex Tremulis designed the Chrysler Thunderbolt concept car during his time with coachbuilder Briggs Manufacturing Company. The distinctive Thunderbolt featured hidden headlights, a powered retractable hardtop, pushbutton door handles, and pontoon fenders that wrapped completely around the car -- including all four wheels. Five Thunderbolts were built and Chrysler toured them around the country, drawing excited crowds at every stop.

Artifact

Photographic postcard

Date Made

1940-1941

Creators

Unknown

Collection Title

George Devol Collection 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

2012.64.446

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Donated by the Family of George C. Devol.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 3.5 in

Width: 5.5 in

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