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

1951 Chrysler 331 CID Hemi engine

Walter P. Chrysler in his shop

2005 Chrysler Firepower Concept

1963 Hudson Hornet Coupe

1932 Chrysler Airflow Prototype rear

Chrysler Patriot Sports Racing Prototype

1940 Dodge military command car

1957 Dodge Sweptside Pickup

1953 Hudson Twin H 308 CID engine

1970 Plymouth Barracuda Hemi

1958 Chrysler 392 CID V8

Dodge Razor Concept

1986 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible

1968 Dodge Dart Hemi LO23 Larry Griffith

1937 Chrysler Airflow Coupe

1915 Dodge Brothers Touring

1939 Plymouth Convertible

1924 Chrysler B-70 Phaeton Six

1945 Willys-Overland Jeep CJ-2A

1934 Dodge Model KC Pickup

1935 Plymouth PJ Deluxe Rumble Seat Coupe

1902 Rambler Runabout

1934 Chrysler Airflow Sedan

1955 Chrysler C300 hardtop

1929 Dodge Merchants Express Pickup

2003 Dodge Tomahawk concept

Chrysler A57 Sherman tank engine

1928 Chrysler Model 72 LeMans replica

1917 Willys-Knight 8-88 Touring

1941 Chrysler Newport

1909 Hudson Roadster

1961 Chrysler 300G

1924 Chrysler Six engine

Walter P. Chrysler in his office

1941 Chrysler Town & Country

1932 Chrysler Airflow Prototype

1995 Dodge Viper race engine

Chrysler Highland Park Engineering dyno

1953 Chrysler PowerFLite transmission

1937 DeSoto Convertible Coupe

1929 DeSoto Six Roadster

Hudson clay model

1935 Plymouth PJ fendermount spare

1943 Willys-Overland Jeep MB

Museum first floor

1928 Plymouth Model Q Deluxe Coupe

1941 Chrysler Town & Country Barrelback tailgate doors

1951 Chrysler New Yorker Convertible

1997 Plymouth Prowler

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