Exhibit to showcase renowned car designer Virgil Exner

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An exhibit honoring Virgil Exner, one of the worlds foremost automobile stylists of the 20th century, will be held September 29 (Saturday) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Notre Dames Stepan Center. British automotive historian Peter Grist will be in attendance to sign his recent biography of Exner.

Thirteen of Exners priceless production cars will be on display inside Stepan Center, and dozens of Exner era Chrysler and Studebaker production cars owned by car club collectors will be outside. Grist will sign his biography,Virgil Exner: Visioneer,and will discuss Exners impact on the era ofFabulous Finsin automotive design. The lecture will be held at Notre Dames Snite Museum of Art at 7:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Notre Dames Department of Art, Art History and Design, the Snite Museum of Art, the Chrysler Corp. and the Studebaker National Museum, both the exhibit and lecture are free and open to the public.

A design student at Notre Dame in the 1920s, Exner worked for several American companies, most notably Chrysler and Studebaker. He became one of the worlds great automobile designers, responsible for Chryslers highly successful tail fin designs of the 1950s and60s, when his aesthetic became known as theForward Look.He died in 1973.

For more information on the exhibit and lecture see http://exner.nd.edu/..

* Contact: * Paul Down, 574-631-6836, " pdown@nd.edu ":mailto:pdown@nd.edu _.

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