(from DiMora Motorcar
Press Release) At DiMora Designs, a division of DiMora
Motorcar, we take pride in thinking outside the box to create unique
automobiles, yachts, motorcycles, and even entertainment
attractions. Whether the need is for a car with a particular
capability or there is a desire to carry a thematic style to its
logical conclusion, we conceptualize and deliver remarkable one-off
The JX Concept Coupe was conceived for the movies. Often a movie car
is a stripped-down vehicle with a desired look, made to fill a
particular role in a movie, and it is never seen again except by the
prop man or at a museum. But we decided to build this movie car of
steel and quality parts, so that it can be enjoyed on the road long
after the ending credits roll at the local multiplex theater. This
concept car is meant to be driven, not just admired.
The JX Coupe began its life as a 1999 Chrysler Concorde LXi, a
four-door, front-wheel-drive, five-passenger family sedan with
lively performance from a 235 HP V6 engine.
In late 2006, we decided to make it into a movie car, a
two-passenger coupe with the longest trunk in town. It was to have
the utility of an El Camino with an electric, lockable lid on the
large trunk, and a boost in performance.
Alfred DiMora also decided to use this car to demonstrate the lost
art of American coachbuilding in steel during the late 1930s and
1940s. This echoes the steel coachbuilding work he performed at
Clenet Coachworks in the 1970s and 1980s. With hundreds of hours
shaping the steel, we would add classic style to this typical
In American English, a coupe is "a closed two-door automobile."
Since our word comes from the French verb "couper" meaning "to cut",
we started the project by cutting up the Concorde! We sealed the
rear passenger doors permanently to the body and then chopped the
factory roof to accept the rear glass assembly.
To enhance the design of the rear of the car, we replaced the
single-outlet factory muffler with a Camaro Z28 dual-outlet muffler.
The rear facia was modified by cutting holes to accommodate the
chrome exhaust tips.
We replaced the stock engine with a 260 HP 3.2 liter V6 from ATK,
which is backed by a three-year unlimited mileage warranty. We added
a "Tornado" vortex component to the air intake. MPG was increased
10% and horsepower grew by 10%. We have not had a dyno test on the
engine, but we estimate the engine's horsepower was increased to
The unique grille was designed and hand fabricated by Jim Willis,
our Concept Car Project Manager. We freshened up the interior then
added plush leather seats.
We swapped out the stock wheels for American Racing Euro-Chrome 18"
wheels, surrounded by BF Goodrich 235/50ZR18 tires. We used Intrax
lowering springs to drop the car an inch and a half in front and an
inch in the rear to help give the car a new profile look.
The JX Coupe was completed to better-than-factory-quality using all
steel fabrication. The paint is by House of Kolor in San Diego,
California, and is called "Sunrise Pearl". This unique paint gives
you the illusion of the color changing with the light at different
times of the day or with different lighting conditions.
When Jim Willis drove the completed JX Coupe on the open road for
its first time, he couldn't help noticing that people were
photographing the car with their cell-phone cameras everywhere he
went. When he parked, he drew large crowds and people even got up
from their meals at restaurants to go outside and look at the car.
People approached Jim everywhere he went, asking "When did they
start making these? Where did you buy this thing? How can I get one?
How much did it cost?"
Well, there will only be this one JX Coupe. But it has already been
photographed extensively for CarVision, the premier automotive
publication in the Republic of Korea. It was introduced at the
Spring Rod Run in Temecula, California, where it was a true
crowd-pleaser. You will soon see it on TV and on the multiplex
cinema screen. And if you are lucky, you may see the owner driving
this one-of-a-kind car with pride for many years to come.