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.