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

1958 Chrysler 392 CID V8

1902 Rambler Runabout

1968 Dodge Dart Hemi LO23 Larry Griffith

1909 Hudson Roadster

1932 Chrysler Airflow Prototype

1935 Plymouth PJ fendermount spare

1934 Chrysler Airflow Sedan

1928 Chrysler Model 72 LeMans replica

1970 Plymouth Barracuda Hemi

1951 Chrysler 331 CID Hemi engine

Chrysler A57 Sherman tank engine

1941 Chrysler Newport

1937 Chrysler Airflow Coupe

1934 Dodge Model KC Pickup

1953 Hudson Twin H 308 CID engine

1924 Chrysler Six engine

Chrysler Patriot Sports Racing Prototype

1963 Hudson Hornet Coupe

1986 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible

1941 Chrysler Town & Country Barrelback tailgate doors

1961 Chrysler 300G

1940 Dodge military command car

Dodge Razor Concept

Hudson clay model

1953 Chrysler PowerFLite transmission

1955 Chrysler C300 hardtop

1943 Willys-Overland Jeep MB

1941 Chrysler Town & Country

2005 Chrysler Firepower Concept

1917 Willys-Knight 8-88 Touring

Walter P. Chrysler in his shop

1995 Dodge Viper race engine

1937 DeSoto Convertible Coupe

1939 Plymouth Convertible

1935 Plymouth PJ Deluxe Rumble Seat Coupe

1932 Chrysler Airflow Prototype rear

1951 Chrysler New Yorker Convertible

1928 Plymouth Model Q Deluxe Coupe

2003 Dodge Tomahawk concept

1957 Dodge Sweptside Pickup

1929 DeSoto Six Roadster

1929 Dodge Merchants Express Pickup

Chrysler Highland Park Engineering dyno

1945 Willys-Overland Jeep CJ-2A

Museum first floor

1915 Dodge Brothers Touring

1997 Plymouth Prowler

1924 Chrysler B-70 Phaeton Six

Walter P. Chrysler in his office

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