Chrysler Corporation
Chrysler, Imperial and Desoto
1926 to 1949


The Cars of the Chrysler Corporation

 
 
 
Chrysler Corporation
Chrysler, Imperial and Desoto
 
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A Brief History of the Chrysler Corporation

His name was Walter P Chrysler and he formed one of the worlds largest automobile manufacturing companies.
He was born in Wamego, KS on April 2 1875.
The other people involved in The Chrysler Corporation were John Francis Dodge and his brother Horace Elgin.
In 1892: Walter P. Chrysler was working as a mechanic in a railroad roundhouse in Ellis, KS. While working there he learned how to make his own tools.
In 1901 the Dodge brothers move to Detroit, MI and open a shop on Beaubien Street making bicycles and parts for the auto industry and in 1902 got a contract to build 3,000 transmissions for Olds Motor Works.
At the same time Walter P. Chrysler accepts job as manager of the Colorado and Southern shops in Trinidad, CO.
In 1903 Dodge brothers equip their plant to build engines for Ford in return for 10% interest in Ford Motor Company. Cancel contract with Olds Motor Works.
By 1907 Walter P. Chrysler has become superintendent of the shops of the Chicago & Great Western Railroad at Oelwein, IA
In 1908 Walter P. Chrysler attended the Chicago Auto Show and purchases a Locomobile.
By 1910 the Dodge brothers business had increased enough so that they had to build a 
new plant in Hamtramck, MI
In 1912 Charles W. Nash, president of Buick Motor Company, hired Walter P. Chrysler, as works manager.
In July 17 Dodge Brothers Inc. was formed and begin working on bringing out the Dodge Brothers car.
By November 14, the First Dodge Brothers car rolls off the line.
When asked why the Dodge Brothers wanted to build their own car, John Dodge replied, "Just think of all the Ford owners who will someday want an automobile."
In the same year Ford started to build it's own engines.
In 1916 Charles W. Nash resigns as president of Buick Motor Company and General Motors Company and is succeeded as president of Buick Motor Company by Walter P. Chrysler.
In 1919 Henry Ford purchased the stock of minority stockholders of Ford Motor Company, including the holdings of John and Horace Dodge.
They suddenly became $19,000,000 richer.
That same year Walter P. Chrysler resigned as president of the Buick Motor Company 
and vice-president of General Motors Corporation. 
1920 was a year for Walter P. Chrysler to remember.
He hired Zeder-Skelton-Breer Engineering Co. to design a new car to be produced in the Elizabeth, NJ, plant of the Willys Corporation. That car was the first Chrysler.
Willys-Overland is having financial problems and in order to raise cash to cover debts, the Willys-Overland plant in Elizabeth, NJ is put on the auction block. It, and the prototype Chrysler (considered by the Chrysler group later as the model A), is auctioned off.  William C. Durant used the plant for production of his low-priced Star car while the Chrysler is used as a basis for his Flint line. The Zeder-Skelton-Breer Engineering Co. worked for a time for Durant Motors Inc. transforming the Chrysler car into the Flint. 
In 1921 bankers approach Walter P. Chrysler to save Maxwell and Chalmers.
The Maxwell Reorganization Committee is forced to put the company on the auction block and a new Maxwell Motor Corporation is incorporated in West Virginia, and Walter P. Chrysler becomes chairman of the board.
At the same time the Dodge Brothers and Graham Brothers sign an agreement whereby Graham Brothers will use Dodge Brothers engines and sell their trucks through Dodge Brothers dealers.
Fred M. Zeder, Owen R. Skelton, and Carl Breer head a team to design a new car, the soon-to-be Chrysler Model B. The car is introduced to the public at the 1923 New York Auto Show.
The year 1923 saw a few more things starting to come together.
The 1924 Chalmers is introduced in the fall of 1923, with 4-wheel hydraulic brakes, a test bed for the brakes on the new Chrysler. Chalmers ceases production and is replaced by the Chrysler and the Dodge Brothers introduced an all-steel sedan body.
The banking firm, Dillon, Read & Co. purchased Dodge Brothers Inc. from the widows of the Dodge brothers.
On June 26’ 1925 after two years of stock acquisition by Walter Chrysler and Harry Bronner, the Chrysler Corporation is incorporated in Delaware and takes over the Maxwell Motor Corporation and ends production of the Maxwell in May. Walter P. Chrysler is president and chairman of the board.
In May 1928 May - The Plymouth Motor Corporation and the DeSoto Motor Corporation are formed. Walter P. Chrysler is president of Plymouth Motor Corporation and Joseph E. Fields is president 
of DeSoto Motor Corporation. 
On July 31 1928 Chrysler purchases Dodge Brothers Inc., manufacturers of Dodge Brothers cars and trucks, and Graham Brothers trucks. Main plants and forge facilities in Hamtramck, MI. Walter P. Chrysler became president of Dodge Brothers.
In September of the same year The Fargo Motor Corporation was formed again with 
Walter P. Chrysler as president.
In 1930 Graham Brothers Truck and Dodge Brothers Truck become Dodge Truck and the
Dodge Brothers car becomes Dodge. 
1934 saw the introduction of Airflows, the DeSoto Six, Chrysler Eight, Chrysler Imperial Eight, 
Chrysler Custom Imperial Eight.
1935 saw Chrysler set up different divisions.
Plymouth Motor Corporation became Plymouth Division, Dodge Brothers Corporation became Dodge Division, DeSoto Motor Corporation became DeSoto Division and Chrysler Motor Corporation became Chrysler Sales Division.
That was the beginning of what we now know as the Chrysler Corporation.

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1926 Chrysler Roadster
 1928 Deluxe Sport Roadster Model 72,  1926 Chrysler Imperial
   The 1928 Chrysler is owned by Zerega, Michael
and the 1926 Imperial is owned byRob Burchill, Jefferson
This car is un-restored.
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 1928 Chrysler Imperial L80 5 Passenger Sedan  
This car is owned by Derek Johnston,  Yellowstone National Park is where he lives and works.  Photo was taken at the "Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone "  
   
   
 1928 Chrysler Convertible
1930 Chrysler Imperial Convertible Coupe
 This picture was submitted by Gene Angeledes from California. The picture was taken in Nashua, New Hampshire in 1931. That is Gene in the car at age 5.
1930 DeSoto Roadster
1931 Chrysler Imperial CG Roadster
 
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 1932 Imperia 25CV
 1932 DeSoto Model SA
   This car is owned by Steen Jorgensen from Denmark
1932 DeSoto Six Custom
1932 DeSoto Six 4 Door Sedan
 1933 DeSoto Model CK
 1933 DeSoto Model CK
 
 
 1933 DeSoto Model CK
1933 DeSoto Model CK
 
 
1933 Chrysler Model CO
1933 Chrysler Model CO
   
1933 Chrysler Model CO
1933 Chrysler Model CO
   
1933 Chrysler Model CO
1933 Chrysler Model CO
The above 1933 Chrysler is owned by Tor Olsen of
New London County CT
Tor also owns a 1940 Packard Coupe which os shown on the Packard Page
 
   
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1933 Chrysler
1933 Chrysler

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1934 Desoto Airflow 4 Door Sedan
 1934 DeSoto Airflow 2 Door Sedan
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1935 Chrysler Imperial Airflow 4 Door Sedan
1935 Chrysler Airflow 2 Door
   
 1935 DeSoto Airstream Sedan
 1935 DeSoto Airstream Sedan
 
 
 1935 DeSoto Airstream Sedan
 1935 DeSoto Airstream Sedan front interior
   
   
 1936 DeSoto Airstream Sedan
 1936 Chrysler Ad
 
 
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 1937 Dodge 4 Door Sedan
These pictures were submitted by
Michael Litvack, Montreal PQ
  1937 Dodge 4 Door Sedan
 
 1937 Chrysler Royal 2 Door Sedan
 
   
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 1937 Chrysler with a Swiss Tuscher Body
This car was sold in the US as a Plymouth
1937 Chrysler with a Swiss Tuscher Body
This car was sold in the US as a Plymouth
 This car is owned by Costers Burno of Belgium  
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 1938 DeSoto 4 Door Sedan
 1938 DeSoto RS Convertible Coupe
 
This car is owned by Marcelo Greslebin from Argentina
 1938 Chrysler Imperial Convertible
 1938 Chrysler Imperial Convertible
   
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1939 Chrysler 4 Door Sedan
1939 Chrysler Imperial Woody Wagon
  This picture was submitted by Igor Yashchenko from Russia
1939 DeSoto 4 Door Sedan
 
1940 Chrysler New Yorker Coupe
1940 Chrysler New Yorker Coupe
   
1940 Chrysler New Yorker Coupe
1940 Chrysler New Yorker Coupe
   
1940 Chrysler New Yorker Coupe
1940 Chrysler New Yorker Coupe
   
1940  Chrysler New Yorker Sedan
1940 Desoto Custom Convertible
 1940 DeSoto Convertible
 1940 Chrysler Thunderbolt
 1941 Chrysler Crown Imperial Town Sedan
 1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt Show Car
   
 1941 Chrysler New Yorker Highlander Convertible
 1941 Chrysler Royal Coupe
   
 1941 Chrysler Newport Pace Car
 1941 Chrysler Newport
   
 1941 Chrysler Town and Country Wagon
 1941 Chrysler Town and Country Wagon
 
 
1941 Chrysler Town and Country Sedan Wooden Frame
1941 DeSoto Business Man's Coupe
 1941 DeSoto Sportsman Club Coupe
 1941 DeSoto Custom Coupe
   
1941 Desoto Convertible
1941 Chrysler Town & Country 
Woody Station Wagon
 
1941 Chrysler Newport Dual Cowl Phaeton Show Car
by LeBaron From the Daimler Chrysler Historical Collection
 
 1942 Chrysler New Yorker Highlander
 1942 Chrysler New Yorker Highlander
   
 1942 DeSoto Ad
 1942 DeSoto 4 Door Sedan with Hidden Headlights
 
 
1942 DeSoto Coupe
1942 DeSoto Coupe
   
 1946 Chrysler Town and Country Convertible
 1946 Desoto Convertible
   
1946 Chrysler C-38 Windsor Town and Country 
Convertible With Bob Hope
1946 Chrysler Town Country Convertible
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1946 Chrysler Town & Country Roadster Ad
1946 Desoto 4 Door Sedan
1947 Chrysler Woody Convertible
1947 Dodge D24S Deluxe Sedan
 
1947 Desoto Diplomat Convertible
1947 Desoto 4 Door Sedan
 1947 Chrysler 
Town and Country Convertible
 1947 Chrysler Town and Country 
Woody Convertible
   
1947 Chrysler Town and Country Convertible
1947 Chrysler Town and Country Sedan
 1948 Chrysler Royal 2 Door Coupe
 1948 Chrysler Royal 2 Door Coupe
 
 
 1948 Chrysler Sedan
 1948 Chrysler Town and Country Sedan
 
 
 1948 Chrysler
 1948 DeSoto Deluxe Club Coupe
 
 At the time this picture was taken the car was 
owned by Ed Belleck of St. Clair Shores,
Michigan. The car has since been sold to a 
gentleman in state of New Jersey. 
This picture was taken at a show was at Blossom
Heath Park in St. Clair Shores around 2003.
1948 Desoto Convertible
1948 Desoto Custom Coupe
   
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1948 Desoto 4 Door Sedan
 1948 Chrysler Traveler
This car is owned by Stuart E. Ryce, Martinez, Ca 
It is one of only three know to be in the state.
 
 
 1948 Chrysler Town and Country Convertible
1948 Chrysler Town and Country Convertible
 
 
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1948 Chrysler Royal 3 Windows Coupe
This car was owned by Joe Gross of
Cleveland, Ohio when he was 16.
Joe now ownes a 1970 Chrysler 300 Hurst
which is shown on the last Chrysler page
1948 Chrysler Royal 3 Windows Coupe
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1948 Chrysler Royal 3 Windows Coupe
 1948 Chrysler Royal 3 Windows Coupe
This picture shows Joe in 1966
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 1948 Chrysler Imperial Crown 8 Passanger Sedan
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 1948 Chrysler Business Coupe
 1948 Chrysler Business Coupe
 This 1948 Chrysler Business Coupe is owned by 
Blue Nelson of San Fernando, California.
The car is all original with the original paint.
For a complete story on this car go to this
Hemmings page 
 
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 1948 Chrysler Business Coupe
 1948 Chrysler Business Coupe
 
 
1949 DeSoto 4 Door Sedan Ad
1949 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible
   
1949 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible
1949 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible
 1949 Chrysler New Yorker 1st Series
 1949 Chrysler Royal Sedan
 
 
 1949 Chrysler Town and Country Convertible
 1949 Chrysler Royal Sedan
   
 1949 Chrysler Advertisement
1949 Chrysler Windsor Convertible
 
 
 1949 Chrysler New Yorker Club Coupe
 1949 Chrysler New Yorker Sedan
 
 
 1949 Chrysler New Yorker Convertible
 1949 Chrysler New Yorker Sedan
   
 1949 Chrysler Windsor Convertible
This car is owned by Larry & Regina Burchett
of Austin Texas.
The car has: 
 * 56,562 original miles
 * 116 HP, Spitfire Flathead 6 Cylinder
 * Fluid Drive – semi automatic
 * Power top
 * Top, paint and seat covers replaced – 
all else is original!
 * Original Chrysler wheels
 * Considering selling - priced at $32,000

Larry and Regina wants to rebuild another car

 1949 Chrysler Saratoga Club Coupe
This car is one of 465 Saratoga Club 
Coupe&rsquo's built. 
1949 was Chrysler&rsquo's 25th anniversary. 
Chrysler led the industry by offering key start
ignition for the first time
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1949 Dodge Wayfarer Convertible
 1949 Plymouth 4 Door Sedan
This car was owned by Norman Fikes, Bastrop, Texas
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1949 Desoto Woody Station Wagon
1949 Desoto Woody Station Wagon
This was submitted by Michael Brodie   
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1949 Desoto Woody Station Wagon
 

 

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