Brooklin 1955 Chrysler Windsor Convertible

Brooklin 1955 Chrysler Windsor Convertible

The all-new 1955 Chrysler lineup featured Virgil Exner’s “100 Million Dollar Look,” with design cues taken from the Parade Phaeton showcar. The longer, lower look was especially effective on convertibles, and the plated windshield frame and upper doorsills on Brooklin’s very accurate new Windsor Convertible (BRK-183) really enhance that look. Chrysler’s entry-level Windsor base engine was a 301cid V-8, and Brooklin’s white-metal model carries the Power Package dual exhausts and whitewall tires. Brooklin has really nailed the lines, look, and details of Exner’s design, and its glossy Wisteria Blue paint matches color chips perfectly, with just a little orange peel. All the trim, except the relief-cast scripts, is done with separate plated parts, and while the grilles could use a heavier blackwash, the “Twin Tower” taillights are neat. Interior details are especially critical on convertibles, and Brooklin has accurate upholstery patterns and a good dash, though, as usual, the gauges aren’t picked out. Door panels have one separate plated and one relief-cast handle. The three-tone interior colors don’t match anything in Chrysler references, though. Nonetheless, dimensions are accurate, as are the lines, and Brooklin’s model should be as popular as the full-scale car was in 1955. — Wayne Moyer

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Updated: June 4, 2014 — 5:18 PM

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