Walter P. Chrysler Museum Opening (Then Closing) Its Doors For The Last Time

One of America’s finest automobile museums, we’re sorry to report, is closing its doors for good. But before it does, the public will have one last chance to browse the enviable array of vehicles on display.

The location to which we refer is the Walter P. Chrysler Museum, located on the site of FCA’s US headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It encompasses some 65 vehicles from Pentastar brands past and present, including Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, Jeep, Plymouth, Eagle, AMC, Nash, Hudson, and Rambler.

The museum opened just before the turn of the millennium, but was never drew its fair share of tourists, over half an hour north of Detroit. So at the end of 2012, while Sergio Marchionne was consolidating control over the company, the museum closed its doors to the public.

It has opened to visitors periodically in the years since, but the decision was taken more recently to close it down for good and turn the 55,000-square-foot building into office space for the expanding automaker.

The collection is expected to be kept in-house, its vehicles put on display at various locations. But if you want to see it all together, your last chance will come the weekend of December 17-18 – less than two weeks from now. If you can’t make it, though, we’ve assembled a collection of photos taken on premises for your viewing pleasure.

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  • Bash

    beautiful collection!

  • JudeK

    Such sad news :(.

  • Where we can see pictures ,of all the cars in this collection ?????

  • atomicbri

    What a great collection. I love the 1953 Chrysler Special they have there (Pic 18) That was one great looking car by Ghia for Chrysler at that time.

  • T_Cake

    Man, what I wouldn’t give for that 2005 Dakota in pic 35. That thing’s probably worth hundreds of dollars by now.

  • antbee

    That 1953 Chrysler Special is beyond breathtaking!
    Chrysler, your history tells us a completely different story than your present ever could. Fix it!
    Also, can someone tell me what model the brushed gold car, right before the blue New Yorker, is? It’s friggin beautiful!
    There really are some special cars in there, and to think the place is shutting down due to no tourists. It’s sad, but the reality is, who is going to Detroit for vacation, or even 30 minutes North of Detroit? I could see if one were passing through, there on business, and last, but not least, moved there to be an ironic hipster, but visiting just for the sake of it, no way.

    Chrysler could easily move it across the border to Windsor, Ontario. At there’s some semblance of safety, plus Windsor has a car industry history.

  • Maxime01

    What is that black car on the central display in picture #27? I’ve been searching the web but can’t recall what it is…

    • KareKakk

      Plymouth Howler.

      • Maxime01

        Nice, thanks! I was first looking at Prowler images (due to the ”hot-rod” wheels) but the rear is much different as I remembered. I was unaware (!) that there was a variant for this car (which was deemed impractical by many).

  • THAT’S A SHAME. I’VE NEVER BEEN A BIG CHRYSLER FAN BUT THE MAN HIMSELF DESERVES MORE.
    BACK IN THE DAY ALL THESE GUYS KNEW AND WORKED FOR/WITH EACH OTHER. CHRYSLER BEING THE HEAD OF BUICK AT ONE TIME.

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