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Corinthian leather was a phrase invented for marketing use to describe the leather used in certain Chrysler luxury cars in the 1970s. In this case, "Corinthian" does not actually indicate any relationship with Corinthmarker, nor any specific type of leather and was added simply as a linguistic cachet.

The first use of this term was to describe the leather in the 1974 Chrysler Imperial, but the best known use of this term is from the advertising campaign for the 1976 Chrysler Cordoba, featuring celebrity spokesman Ricardo Montalbán.

To fully understand the context in which the phrase emerged, it may be helpful to note that another contemporary advertising campaign has also achieved similar widespread cultural impact:

  • the Time-Life "Wild West" book series was bound in an embossed paper that had "the look and feel of hand-tooled saddle leather."


Corinthian leather is a marketing term that does not actually indicate any particular type of leather. Montalbán confirmed this during an interview with David Letterman, admitting that Corinthian leather means "nothing." According to one reference, Chrysler's "Corinthian" leather was mass produced in a plant in Newark, New Jerseymarker.

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  1. Video "Chrysler Cordoba commercial with Ricardo Montalbán", sevenload.com
  2. Ricardo Montalbán: Corinthian Leather, Youtube.com
  3. Cato, Mark Ricardo Montalban and the fantasy of soft Corinthian leather, chicagotribune.com



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