Chrysler Corporation
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The Cars of the Chrysler Corporation

 
 

 
 
Chrysler Corporation
The Plymouth
From 1915 to 1949
 
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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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Carl-Gustaf Törnfeldt who lives in Stenungsund Sweden is a man who is a huge fan of Plymouth all his live and at 86 he still is. 
The following are pictures of Plymouth's he has owned and the 1948 Plymouth was imported from the US one year ago.
The pictures were submitted by his granddaughter, Gabriella Törnfeldt
1937 Plymouth Four Door Sedan
Carl-Gustaf and his first Plymouth
1947 Plymouth Four Door Sedan
This Plymouth was his  his all-time favourite. This picture was taken around 1948
1948 Plymouth Special Deluxe Sedan 
This picture was taken this year (2012) at the very same place as picture of the 1947 Plymouth. It is exactly 64 years between when picture two and three were taken.
This picture was taken in the late 1940's and shows the Stenungsunds taxi company when it only had a few cars in service (the ones in the picture, are shown outside the building where Stenungsund Taxi was stationed). The second car from the right belonged to Carl-Gustaf Törnfeldt. Some of the other cars belonged to his father.

 
Has anyone seen this car or one like it?
1951 Plymouth Cranbrook Convertible
One of my visitors, Jim Pickard owned a car like this when it was new in April of 1951 in Philadelphia and traded it in November of the same year. 
He thought because of the model it might have survived. If anyone has any information on this or a car like would you please contact me at 
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This picture was submitted by Greg Anderson and shows his 
Grandpa Willard S. Anderson with his Aunt Ronie and Grandma Norine. Aunt Ronie was born in April 1943, so she looks a year 
or so old, so the photo was taken after 1944 and before 
July 1945.  It was taken in Lakehurst, New Jersey.
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1936 Plymouth 4 Door sedan
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1936 Plymouth Model P2 Deluxe Coupe
1936 Plymouth Model P2 Deluxe Coupe
 
 
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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  
   
The following information on this car was submitted
by Jim Benjaminson of North Dakota
Membership Secretary
Plymouth Owners Club, Inc.

This 1938 Chrysler Wimbledon is actually a Plymouth 7-passenger sedan, this car was final assembled in the Kew Works in London, England. The cars were sold in the U.K. as "Chrysler" models, although they were in
fact really Plymouth's.  This particular car at one time belonged to the late Keith Moon, renowned drummer 
for the rock group The Who.  Later it was used in the filming of the movie "Lassiter" starring Tom Selleck.  During the course of filming, the car was involved in
an accident, badly damaging the front sheet metal.

 1938 Plymouth P6 8 Seater Sedan
 
 
 
 
1938 Plymouth Woody Wagon
 
 
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 1939 Plymouth Coupe
1939 Plymouth Coupe
This car was seen on Aug 1 2013 at the Fox Mountain Country
Music Festvial, Fox Mountain, Nova Scotia. It has a 305 Chevy V8 and front disk brakes
 
1940 Plymouth 7 Passenger
This car is owned by Jim Benjaminson of North Dakota Membership Secretary, Plymouth Owners Club, Inc.
1940 Plymouth P10 2 Door
The couple in the picture are Mr. & Mrs. John Crowston ,the original owners of this car.
This car is owned by Jim Benjaminson of North Dakota
Membership Secretary, Plymouth Owners Club, Inc
   
1940 Plymouth 2 Door Sedan
1940 Plymouth 2 Door Sedan
1940 Plymouth Coupe
1940 Plymouth Coupe
This car was owned by the late Delmer Watson of Ohio
He had the following to say about this car.
"I had this car in Dallas in 1952, did serve real well. 
The picture was taken at 3309 Lovefield Dr. As of 
now that piece of real estate makes up part of the
north end of  Lovefield's  runway.
Yep I was there in '99, Lovefield sure grew. I took 
A&E mechanics at Dallas Areo there. I can remember
of no trouble with it, well maybe one,in the summer 
of '52 ,me, my ex, her girl friend and a montana guy drove to Rockwall, Texas for her girfriend and the 
fellow from Montana to get married, about 40 miles
I think. There were 4 of us in that coupe, and none 
of us was no where near small." 
 
 1941 Plymouth Convertible
 1941 Plymouth Convertible
   
 1941 Plymouth Coupe
 1941 Plymouth Opera Coupe
   
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 1942 Plymouth Coupe
 1942 Plymouth Coupe
 
 
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 1942 Plymouth Coupe
 1942 Plymouth Coupe
 These pictures were taken in Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada
by John MacDonald
 
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1946 Plymouth Phantom Woodie Sedan
1946 Plymouth Phantom Woodie Sedan
This picture was submitted by Wayne Manning and was seen 
at a Apache Junction AZ Car Show
This picture was submitted by Wayne Manning and was seen 
at a Apache Junction AZ Car Show
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 1946 Plymouth Phantom Woodie Sedan
 
 This picture was submitted by Wayne Manning and was seen at a Apache Junction AZ Car Show  
   
 1947 Plymouth Business Coupe
 1947 Plymouth Business Coupe
 
 
 
 1947 Plymouth Business Coupe
 
 
 
 1947 Plymouth Deluxe 4 Door Sedan
 1947 Plymouth Deluxe 4 Door Sedan
 1947 Plymouth Deluxe 4 Door Sedan
 1947 Plymouth Deluxe 4 Door Sedan
 
 
This picture was taken in 1954 and is of Jaime de la Garza Salazar,
a student of medicine.This was the first vehicle that Dr. De owned. Dr. De the Heron, Was born in the city of Monterrey on December 12, 1934. He is a medical surgeon for the Autonomous University of New Leon. Posgraduado in internal medicine and medical oncology of South Texas Medical School of San Antonio Texas and the Clinic May of Rochester, Minnesota. At present he is a clinical investigator of the National Institute of Cancerología of the Secretary of Health, and titular investigator "F" for the Commission Investigators' Evaluadora of the Coordination of Institutes of the SSA, and Investigative National Level of the SNI II.
Pioneer of the clinical oncology in Mexico, was the first doctor in using the chemotherapy and extending the knowledge and investigation of the agents against the cancer in our country.
As investigator and then the director of the National Institute of Cancerologia, impelled the modernization and the acquisition of teams of high technology for the study and treatment of the different types of neoplasias, with special emphasis on the opportune diagnosis and humanitarian treatment.
 1947 Plymouth Coupe
This picture was submitted by
Víctor Munoz, Mexico
 
 
 1948 Plymouth Woody Wagon
 1948 Plymouth Super Deluxe Coupe
   
 1948 Plymouth Woody Wagon
 1948 Plymouth Woody Wagon
 
 
1948 Plymouth Special DeLuxe
1948 Plymouth Convertible
This car is owned by Carl-Gustaf Tornfeldt who lives  in Stenungsund Sweden.
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 1948 Plymouth Business Coupe
1948 Plymouth  Special Deluxe 4 Door Sedan
 This picture was submitted by Frank who owned the 
car in the 1960's
This car is owned by Keith Rasmussen.
 Plymouth commonly was the third highest selling 
brand at the time, following #1 Chevy and #2 Ford. 
I had not realized how common Plymouths were 
back then, it's a shame Chrysler killed the brand.
 
 
 
 1949 Plymouth Convertible Advertisement
 
 
 
 1949 Plymouth driven by Lee Petty
 1949 Plymouth 3 Passenger Coupe
   
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 1949 Plymouth Special DeLuxe Sedan
  1949 Plymouth 4 Door Sedan
This car was owned by Norman Fikes, Bastrop, Texas

 

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