Chrysler Corporation
Chrysler, Imperial and Desoto
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The is what CHRYSLER was all about in 1970
Joe Gross, Cleveland, Ohio owns this 1970 Chrysler 300 Hurst
More pictures of this car are shown below.
Chrysler, Imperial and Desoto

 

 
 
Since then I have many page on old cars and pickuptrucks.
These pictures came for a number of sources including web pages of the manufacture, news groups and my own.
Since most of these pictures came from news groups there may 
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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.

For a more detailed history please visitFor a complete history on the Chrysler Corporation click here.

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 1960 Chrysler 300F
1960 Chrysler 300F 
 
 
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The Chrysler is owned by Wayne Graefen 
of Kerrville, TX
1960 Chrysler 300F Special Gran Tourismo
 
   
1960 Chrysler 300F Special Gran Tourismo with
400hp motor and Pont-a-Mousson 4-speed
transmission package
 1960 Chrysler 300F Special Gran Tourismo with
400hp motor and Pont-a-Mousson 4-speed 
transmission package
   
 1960 Chrysler 300F Special Gran Tourismo
 1960 Chrysler 300F Special Gran Tourismo 
with Andy Granatelli 
(March 18, 1923 December 29, 2013))
   
 1960 Chrysler 300F Special Gran Tourismo Dash
 1960 Chrysler 300F Special Gran Tourismo
400 HP Engine
   
 1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible
 1960 DeSoto Adventurer 4 Door Hardtop
   
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1960 Chrysler New Yorker 2 Door Hardtop
 1960 Chrysler New Yorker 2 Door Hardtop
 This car is owned by Gary Runkel, Canton, MI  This car is owned by Gary Runkel, Canton, MI
 1960 Chrysler Wayfarer V8
 1960 DeSoto Fireflite 4 Door Hardtop
 
 
 1960 Chrysler 300F Hardtop at Daytona
Beach Flying Mile Al Eckstrand Driving with
Bill France Jr Whiter
 1960 DeSoto Fireflite 4 Door Hardtop
 
 
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 1960 Chrysler Saratoga 2 Door Hardtop
 1960 Chrysler Saratoga 2 Door Hardtop
This picture was submitted by John MacDonald and the car was found in the Kentville, Nova Scotia, Canada area  
 
1960 DeSoto Adventurer 2 Door Hardtop
1960 DeSoto Fire Flite 2 Door Hardtop
   
1960 Imperial Crown Convertible
1960 Imperial LeBaron 4 Door Hardtop
 
 
1960 Chrysler 300 F
1960 Chrysler 300 F
   
1961 DeSoto 4 Door Hardtop
1961 DeSoto
 
 
1961 Imperial 4 Door Hardtop
 1961 Imperial 4 Door Hardtop
 This picture was submitted by Eric Gorden and 
was taken at the Time Machine Car Show,
Durham, CT, July 2007
 
 1961 Chrysler Windsor Hardtop Coupe
 1961 Chrysler Windsor Hardtop Coupe
 
 
1961 Chrysler 300G
 1961 Imperial Crown Convertible Shriner Edition
 
 
1961 Chrysler 300G
1961 Chrysler 300G
1961 Chrysler 300G
1961 Chrysler 300G
1961 Chrysler Station Wagon
1962 Imperial Convertible
   
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 1961 Dodge Polara d500x Convertible Engine
6.8 sec in a quarter mile.
The car has a factory 413 super red ram
with ram tubes 475 hp
 
   
1962 Imperial Crown Southampton 4 Door Hardtop
1962 Imperial 4 Door Southampton
 1962 Chrysler
1962 Dodge Custom 800 Convertible
 
 
 1962 Chrysler 300
1962 Chrysler 300 Hot Rod Magazine
413 Long Ram Dual 4 Barrel 405hp Drag Race Car
 
 
1962 Imperial Crown 4 Door Hardtop
 1962 Imperial Crown 4 Door Hardtop
 
 

 

 1962 Imperial LeBaron 4 Door Southampton
 1963 Imperial 4 Door Hardtop
 
 
 1963 Imperial Crown Coupe
 1963 Chrysler New Yorker Sedan
   
 
 1963 Imperial Crown Coupe
 


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1956 Plymouth Belvedere Sedan
Chrysler Turbine Special
1959 Plymouth Turbine Special
1960 Plymouth Turbine Special
1960 Plymouth Turbine Special
1963 Chrysler Turbine Engine
1963 Chrysler Turbine Engine
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1962 Dodge Turbine Dart and Plymouth 
Turbine FuryResearch Cars
1963 Chrysler Turbine Car Engine
Schematic Drawing
1963 Chrysler Turbine Car (WPC Museum)
1963 Chrysler Turbine Car (WPC Museum)
1963 Chrysler Turbine Car (WPC Museum)
1963 Chrysler Turbine Car (WPC Museum)
1963 Chrysler Turbine Car (WPC Museum)
1963 Chrysler Turbine Car (WPC Museum)
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 1964 Chrylser 300 Silver Special
 1964 Chrylser 300 Silver Special
This car is owned by Mike Leask from New Zealand
See more of this and other cars he owns at www.thedodge.org
This car is owned by Mike Leask from New Zealand
See more of this and other cars he owns at www.thedodge.org
1964 Chrysler New Yorker 4 Door Hardtop
1964 Chrysler New Yorker 4 Door Hardtop
   
 
1964 Chrysler 300 Convertible
 
1964 Chrysler 300J Convertible
1964 Chrysler 300K
1964 Imperial Custom 2 Door Hardtop 
Pre Production Version
1964 Imperial 4 Door Hardtop 
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1965 Chrysler Newyorker 4 Door Hardtop
This car is owned by Kevin Karen
1965 Chrysler Newyorker 4 Door Hardtop
   
1965 Chrysler 300 Convertible
1965 Chrysler 300 Convertible
 
1965 Imperial Crown Convertible
 
 
 
 1965 Chrysler New Yorker 2 Door Hardtop
 1965 Chrysler New Yorker 2 Door Hardtop
   
1965 Chrysler 300 Hardtop Coupe
1965 Chrysler 300 Covertible
 
 
1965 Imperial Crown 4 Door Hardtop
1965 Imperial Crown 4 Door Hardtop
1965 Imperial 4 Door Hardtop
1965 Chrysler 300L
   
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 1965 Chrysler New Yorker
1965 Chrysler New Yorker 
 This car is owned by Leif Eriksson from Sweden
 This car is owned by Leif Eriksson from Sweden
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 1965 Chrysler New Yorker
1965 Chrysler New Yorker 
1966 Chrysler New Yorker 4 Door Hardtop
1966 Chrysler 300 Hardtop Coupe
1966 Chrysler New Yorker 4 Door Hardtop
1966 Chrysler Windsor 4 Door Hardtop
 
 
1966 Chrysler 300
1966 Imperial Crown Southampton 4 Door Hardtop
 
1966 Chrysler 300 Convertible
 
1967 Chrysler Newport Custom Hardtop Coupe
1967 Chrysler Newport Custom Hardtop Coupe
 
 
1967 Chrysler New Yorker 4 Door Hardtop
1967 Chrysler New Yorker 2 Door Hardtop
 
 
1967 Chrysler New Yorker 4 Door Hardtop Ad
 
   
 
1967 Imperial Crown 4 Door Hardtop
 
 1968 Imperial Convertible
 1968 Plymouth Road Runner
   
1968 Chrysler 300 Convertible
 1968 Imperial Crown Convertible
 
 
1968 Chrysler 300 Convertible
1968 Imperial 4 Door hardtop
 
 
1968 Imperial Sedan
1968 Imperial Crown 4 Door Hard Top
 
 
 
1968 Imperial Crown 4 Door Hardtop
 
 
 
1968 Chrysler Newport 2 Door Hardtop
1968 Imperial 4 Door Hardtop
 
 
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1968 Chrysler Town and Country Station Wagon
1968 Chrysler Newport Custom 2 Door Hardtop
 
This car is owned by Joe Christofori 
Springfield, Ma, USA
 1968 Chrysler New Yorker 4 Door Hardtop 
 1968 Chrysler New Yorker 4 Door Hardtop
 This car is owned by Chris Anders, Denver CO.  This car is owned by Chris Anders, Denver CO.
   
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 1968 Chrysler Newport 4 Door Sedan
 1968 Chrysler Newport 4 Door Sedan
The car is owned by Fraser Hood, Windsor
Nova Scotia, Canada
 
 
 
1969 Chrysler 300
1969 Chrysler 300 Convertible
 
 
 
1969 Chrysler X Seventy Concept Car
 
 
 
1970 Chrysler 300 Hurst
This car is owned by Joe Gross, Cleveland, Ohio.
Joe owned a 1948 Chrysler Royal 3 Windows 
Coupe when he was 16. 
This car is shown on this Chrysler page
1970 Chrysler 300 Hurst
   
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 1970 Chrysler 300 Hurst
 1970 Chrysler 300 Hurst
 The 1970 Chrysler 300 Hurst is the rarest of all of Chryslers, built in association with the legendary Hurst performance company, to give Chrysler the only luxury "Muscle Car" during the muscle car era of the 60's and 70's, and a throwback to the legendary 300 letter cars, between 485 & 500 of those conversion were ever made.
Under the hood is the 440 cui. HP "TNT" engine with
375 gross horsepower served as the power plant. It breathed through a dual snorkel air cleaner, roared through dual exhausts and required a beefed up TorqueFlite transmission. Ride was enhanced with a
firm suspension due to tougher rear leaf springs and larger diameter torsion bars up front.
Power front disc brakes were standard, as was 
the 3.23:1 final drive ratio.
Some of the features of these huge power machines are a unique fiberglass power bulge hood with functional air scoop and dual depressed rotary hood latches, fiberglass deck lid with integral rear spoiler and rear end caps, the Hurst traditional White and Gold paint combination, deluxe wheel treatment and Side marker lights. 
The Imperial leather interior with a long list of all the creature comfort available at the time. Doul 6-way power seats, A/C with climate control, PS, PB, PW and Door locks, Tilt-telescoping siring wheel with perimeter-recessed horn ring, AM/FM/8-track stereo, cruise control.
With a base price of $ 5,842 it was the most expensive Chrysler in 1970 (except Imperial).
 
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 1979 Chrysler LeBaron
 1979 Chrysler LeBaron
This car is owned by Victor Munoz, Mexico  This car is owned by Victor Munoz, Mexico
1975 Iimperial Lebaron with 440 cui engine
1975 Iimperial Lebaron with 440 cui engine
This car is owned by Rudi Groenwold from
The Netherland
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1985 Chrysler LaBaron Woody Wagon
1985 Chrysler LaBaron Woody Wagon
These pictures were taken in Bridgewater, 
Nova Scotia, Aug 18/12
 

 

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