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

1958 Chrysler 392 CID V8

1924 Chrysler B-70 Phaeton Six

1924 Chrysler Six engine

1917 Willys-Knight 8-88 Touring

Chrysler Patriot Sports Racing Prototype

1945 Willys-Overland Jeep CJ-2A

1928 Chrysler Model 72 LeMans replica

1937 Chrysler Airflow Coupe

1935 Plymouth PJ Deluxe Rumble Seat Coupe

1951 Chrysler 331 CID Hemi engine

1968 Dodge Dart Hemi LO23 Larry Griffith

Walter P. Chrysler in his shop

Chrysler Highland Park Engineering dyno

1940 Dodge military command car

1902 Rambler Runabout

1957 Dodge Sweptside Pickup

Chrysler A57 Sherman tank engine

1934 Chrysler Airflow Sedan

1941 Chrysler Town & Country Barrelback tailgate doors

1963 Hudson Hornet Coupe

1929 Dodge Merchants Express Pickup

1909 Hudson Roadster

1986 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible

Walter P. Chrysler in his office

1932 Chrysler Airflow Prototype

1937 DeSoto Convertible Coupe

1939 Plymouth Convertible

Dodge Razor Concept

2003 Dodge Tomahawk concept

1928 Plymouth Model Q Deluxe Coupe

1951 Chrysler New Yorker Convertible

1970 Plymouth Barracuda Hemi

Museum first floor

2005 Chrysler Firepower Concept

1941 Chrysler Newport

1941 Chrysler Town & Country

1961 Chrysler 300G

1935 Plymouth PJ fendermount spare

1934 Dodge Model KC Pickup

1915 Dodge Brothers Touring

1953 Chrysler PowerFLite transmission

1955 Chrysler C300 hardtop

1953 Hudson Twin H 308 CID engine

1943 Willys-Overland Jeep MB

1932 Chrysler Airflow Prototype rear

1997 Plymouth Prowler

1929 DeSoto Six Roadster

Hudson clay model

1995 Dodge Viper race engine

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