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Chrysler Corporation
 
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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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1915 Dodge Bros Depot Hack
This truck is owned by Michael J. Lucas

 
 1915 Dodge Bros Touring Car
 1915 Dodge Bros Touring Car
 
 
 1915 Dodge Bros Touring Car
 1916 Dodge Bros Touring Car
   
1920 Dodge Brothers Screenside Commercial Car
1920 Dodge Brothers Touring Car
   
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 1929 Dodge Senior Six Roadster
 1929 Dodge Sedan
This picture was submitted by Steven Greentree, Australia. 
It as taken at a hotrod show in Port Fairy Victoria, Australia
 
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1930 Dodge Sedan Delivery
This picture was submitted by Magnus Tveiten
from Norway. This truck was used in the family business up until it was replaced in 1949 by a 1950 Chevrolet 3100 panel van.
 1931 Dodge DH 4 Door Sedan Canadian Model
This car is owned by Dave Houlihan, Lower Sackville,
Nova Scotia, Canada
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1933 Dodge 4 Door Sedan
1933 Dodge
This picture was submitted by John Barnes who owned this car in 1990
 1934 Dodge Business Coupe
 1934 Dodge Panel Truck
 
 
 
 1934 Dodge
 
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 1935 Dodge Model DU 4 Door Sedan
 1935 Dodge Model DU 4 Door Sedan
 This car is owned by Frank Schroeder, Dubuque, Iowa
 
 
 1936 Dodge 4 Door Convertible
 1936 Dodge 4 Door Convertible
 
 
 1936 Dodge 5 Window Coupe
 1936 Dodge Sport Coupe
 
 
 1936 Dodge
 1936 Dodge
   
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1936 Dodge
1936 Dodge
1936 Dodge Coupe
 1937 Dodge D5 4 Door Sedan
This picture was taken in 1950 and was owned by Fred Tarsa and a buddy. They went halfs on the car and paid $65 for it while he was  stationed with the army at Ft Lewis Washington. They used it to tour the State. The mountains were  tough on the brakes and every 50 miles  I would crawl underneath and tighten the cables . No mishaps and afterwards  we cleaned it up and sold it for $!00. We privates got $94.00 a month then
 
 

 

 1937 Dodge 4 Door Sedan
These pictures were submitted by
Michael Litvack, Montreal PQ
  1937 Dodge 4 Door Sedan
   
 1937 Dodge D5 4 Door Sedan
1939 Dodge 4 Door Sedan
 
 Superman driving is driving the car and Lois Lane is the passenger. It was taken from a 1950 Superman serial 
"Atom Man versus Superman"
The picture was submitted by John Barnes
 
 
 
1939 Dodge 4 Door Sedan
 
1940 Chrysler New Yorker Coupe
1940 Chrysler New Yorker Coupe
   
1940 Dodge Sedan
1940 Dodge Business Coupe
 
 1941 Dodge Business Coupe
 
 
 
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1941 Dodge Business Coupe
1941 Dodge Business Coupe 
This picture was taken in 1956
This car is owned by Wesley Willison from Southern California USA. This car had belonged to Wesley's grandfather, John Frimand who is shown in the picture to the right with the same car. This car is driven almost daily.
1941 Dodge Luxury Liner Coupe
1941 Dodge Luxury Liner Coupe
   
1941 Dodge Luxury Liner Coupe
1941 Dodge Luxury Liner Coupe
   
 1942 Dodge Coupe
 1942 Dodge Custom Convertible Coupe
This car is owned by Don Feldman 
 
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1942 Dodge 4 Door Sedan (Blackout model)
1942 Dodge 4 Door Sedan (Blackout model)
This car is owned by Jon Lechich.
Joh has the following to say about his car.
"First of all all the major car manufactures had blackouts.  The reason for this is when the war broke out the Federal Government mandated the car manufactures to not use anymore precious metals in cars that were being manufactured after the war broke out.
My particular model was only built for three months and then all civilian car manufacturing theist.  So this is not a war time car as you might think but a civilian car that was produced for a very short time.
Since I have owned this car for over 18 years I have taken it down to bare metal and had it repainted the original colors. 
When I was removing the old paint from the trim some of the trim had been cromed and some not.  So I surmise that the manufacturer used up whatever chromed stock they had on the shelf and then continued on with just plain old metal trim but painted.
I bought it oft of the second owner and he only owned it for about two years.  The original owner of the car was a farmer who lived about two miles away from here.  It really had not been driven very much since the early 8o's when I suppose he just stopped driving it and parked it in his barn.  The car was in pretty bad shape when I got it as I had to go through the whole engine, transmission and whatever to get it up and running like a new 1942 Dodge.
As I said before its probably the only 42 Dodge Blackout you will see that was built in America.  I have seen a Canadian Dodge Blackout but it looked more like a Plymouth.

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 1947 Dodge Custom Sedan
1947 Dodge D24S Deluxe Sedan
 
 1947 Dodge Convertible
 1947 Dodge Convertible
 1948 Dodge 2 Door Coupe
 1948 Dodge 2 Door Coupe
 
 
1948 Dodge Coronet
1948 Dodge Coronet
   

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 1948 Dodge Coupe
 1948 Dodge 4 Door Sedan
   This picture was taken at the Tatamagouche 
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1948 Dodge D24C Custom Convertible
1949 Dodge Coronet Convertible
   
 1949 Dodge Coronet Convertible
 1949 Dodge Coronet Sedan
 
 
 1949 Dodge Wayfarer Convertible
 1949 Dodge Coronet Sedan
 
 
 
1949 Dodge Wayfarer Convertible
 

 

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