Nevertheless, Exner was a talented artist who illustrated Studebaker advertisements in the early 1930s and created some outstanding automobile designs in the years 1945-1955 or thereabouts.
One such design was that of Chrysler's first major postwar concept car, the K-310. Exner had been brought into Chrysler Corporation, but wasn't yet in charge of styling. He worked on some projects more or less on his own at first, one of which was the K-310.
At the time it was designed -- about 1950 -- Exner was infatuated by coachbuilt Italian automobiles being created during what I consider the Golden Age of Italian styling. His K-310 was a large car, sitting on a Chrysler chassis and powered by the corporation's new "hemi" V-8 motor. With management approval, construction of the K-310 was farmed out to Italy's Ghia firm, which did an excellent job.
The K-310 was revealed to the public 2 November 1951, about ten months after General Motors' futuristic LeSabre was introduced in a Life magazine article. These initial postwar dream cars were conceptual opposites. The LeSabre was intended to predict future automobile features, whereas the K-310 presented an alternative to current American car designs. The LeSabre proved to be more famous and influential.
That said, the K-310 was the better design. That's because it was a practical car with better-coordinated detailing than the LeSabre's low, two-passenger collection of somewhat unrelated details.