Friday, November 30, 2012
Walter P. Chrysler Museum to close at the end of 2012
The content will be purchased by Chrysler Group LLC, and the museum will become a private display, used only for special events and Chrysler employee functions. That means the days of walking in off the street and appreciating this significant display of Chrysler vehicles, will come to an end.
Some of my favorites included concept cars such as the 1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt, the 1941 Chrysler Newport, and the 1953 Chrysler Ghia Special. Seriously, where are you going to be able to see these unbelievably rare cars together in one place?
Later concepts, such as the Viper prototype and the swoopy Chrysler Atlantic showcase Chrysler’s more recent design direction.
There is also a movie theatre that continuously plays films about Chrysler’s beginnings, their involvement with racing and car culture, and their current technologies. I took the time to watch all the films, and I believe they were worth the time.
Like any bit of history, I hate to see this one go away. But I guess if there aren’t enough people willing to support it, what can you do? Personally, I’m glad I had the opportunity to visit the museum. The slideshow below contains pictures from that visit, along with a few nice photos from Chrysler. They aren’t the best pictures, but you can see them in all their big, blurriness at this link.