A final* visit to the Walter P. Chrysler Museum

*Okay, this probably isn’t a final, final visit to the musuem. At least we hope not. But it is one last visit in the museum’s current state. Here’s a brief explanation and a large photo gallery.  

 

The Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills, Michigan is not closing; it’s only closing to the public. That is, after this weekend the museum will no longer conduct regular viewing hours with paid admission. The museum will continue to operate in its current location, and there may well be opportunities for the general public to visit the facility and view the car collection—though that has yet to be determined or announced.

The story is complicated and this is not at all the official word, but in a nutshell: After some years of operation as an independent, not-for-profit entity, where it proved to be less than self-sustaining, the museum is now back in the Chrysler corporate fold.  The building and grounds, which have always been owned by Chrysler and were rented to the museum organization for a dollar a year, will revert to the company, while the collection of historic vehicles are now returned to the automaker as well.

Sources tell MCG on background that Chrysler will continue to use the museum to host corporate events such as conferences and seminars, as it has in the past. Also, a renovation program will be launched this spring to make the building more suitable for that purpose, incorporating a larger kitchen and guest facilities.

MCG will continue to keep you posted as things develop. In the meantime, here’s a big photo slide show gallery of the collection as the final public viewing hours wound down this weekend. Have a look at the great cars and stay tuned.

 

 

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Hudson clay model
Walter P. Chrysler in his office
Chrysler A57 Sherman tank engine
1934 Chrysler Airflow Sedan
1941 Chrysler Town & Country Barrelback tailgate doors
1924 Chrysler B-70 Phaeton Six
Walter P. Chrysler in his shop
1929 DeSoto Six Roadster
1953 Chrysler PowerFLite transmission
1924 Chrysler Six engine
1939 Plymouth Convertible
1941 Chrysler Newport
1909 Hudson Roadster
1945 Willys-Overland Jeep CJ-2A
Museum first floor
1941 Chrysler Town & Country
1917 Willys-Knight 8-88 Touring
1963 Hudson Hornet Coupe
1957 Dodge Sweptside Pickup
1935 Plymouth PJ Deluxe Rumble Seat Coupe
1932 Chrysler Airflow Prototype rear
Chrysler Patriot Sports Racing Prototype
1929 Dodge Merchants Express Pickup
1970 Plymouth Barracuda Hemi
1934 Dodge Model KC Pickup
1955 Chrysler C300 hardtop
1951 Chrysler 331 CID Hemi engine
1928 Plymouth Model Q Deluxe Coupe
1958 Chrysler 392 CID V8
1997 Plymouth Prowler
1961 Chrysler 300G
1928 Chrysler Model 72 LeMans replica
1986 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible
1937 Chrysler Airflow Coupe
1915 Dodge Brothers Touring
1943 Willys-Overland Jeep MB
Dodge Razor Concept
1995 Dodge Viper race engine
2005 Chrysler Firepower Concept
1953 Hudson Twin H 308 CID engine
1935 Plymouth PJ fendermount spare
1940 Dodge military command car
1937 DeSoto Convertible Coupe
1902 Rambler Runabout
1932 Chrysler Airflow Prototype
2003 Dodge Tomahawk concept
Chrysler Highland Park Engineering dyno
1968 Dodge Dart Hemi LO23 Larry Griffith
1951 Chrysler New Yorker Convertible

Hudson clay model

Walter P. Chrysler in his office

Chrysler A57 Sherman tank engine

1934 Chrysler Airflow Sedan

1941 Chrysler Town & Country Barrelback tailgate doors

1924 Chrysler B-70 Phaeton Six

Walter P. Chrysler in his shop

1929 DeSoto Six Roadster

1953 Chrysler PowerFLite transmission

1924 Chrysler Six engine

1939 Plymouth Convertible

1941 Chrysler Newport

1909 Hudson Roadster

1945 Willys-Overland Jeep CJ-2A

Museum first floor

1941 Chrysler Town & Country

1917 Willys-Knight 8-88 Touring

1963 Hudson Hornet Coupe

1957 Dodge Sweptside Pickup

1935 Plymouth PJ Deluxe Rumble Seat Coupe

1932 Chrysler Airflow Prototype rear

Chrysler Patriot Sports Racing Prototype

1929 Dodge Merchants Express Pickup

1970 Plymouth Barracuda Hemi

1934 Dodge Model KC Pickup

1955 Chrysler C300 hardtop

1951 Chrysler 331 CID Hemi engine

1928 Plymouth Model Q Deluxe Coupe

1958 Chrysler 392 CID V8

1997 Plymouth Prowler

1961 Chrysler 300G

1928 Chrysler Model 72 LeMans replica

1986 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible

1937 Chrysler Airflow Coupe

1915 Dodge Brothers Touring

1943 Willys-Overland Jeep MB

Dodge Razor Concept

1995 Dodge Viper race engine

2005 Chrysler Firepower Concept

1953 Hudson Twin H 308 CID engine

1935 Plymouth PJ fendermount spare

1940 Dodge military command car

1937 DeSoto Convertible Coupe

1902 Rambler Runabout

1932 Chrysler Airflow Prototype

2003 Dodge Tomahawk concept

Chrysler Highland Park Engineering dyno

1968 Dodge Dart Hemi LO23 Larry Griffith

1951 Chrysler New Yorker Convertible

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