Walter P. Chrysler Museum

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Walter P. Chrysler Museum
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1915 Dodge Brothers Touring Car
Walter P. Chrysler Museum is located in Michigan
Walter P. Chrysler Museum
Location within Michigan
Walter P. Chrysler Museum is located in the US
Walter P. Chrysler Museum
Location within Michigan
Location Auburn Hills, Michigan
Coordinates 42°39′02″N 83°13′18″W / 42.6506°N 83.2218°W / 42.6506; -83.2218
Type History, Technology
Collection size 65
Website wpchryslermuseum.org

The Walter P. Chrysler Museum was a car museum in Auburn Hills, Michigan, which was opened in October 1999. The museum was named after the founder of Chrysler Corporation, Walter P. Chrysler. It featured many historically significant Chrysler, Dodge, Plymouth, Jeep, AMC, Nash, Hudson, and Rambler vehicles from various eras. The museum interior was decorated by original art in the form of murals and dioramas by A. Shapiro.

The museum closed to the public due to low attendance on December 31, 2012.[1] Its assets were sold to the Chrysler Foundation, a charitable arm of Chrysler Group, LLC.

On November 3, 2016, FCA announced that the museum will permanently close on December 18, 2016. The building will be converted to office space.[2] The 65 cars of the collection will only be brought out for special events. Chrysler plans to put some vehicles on display at the Chrysler Technology Center and other FCA facilities.[3]

In 2017 Maserati announced it was moving its U.S. headquarters from Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey to the former Chrysler Museum.[4]

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  1. ^ King, Jenny. Low attendance shuts Chrysler classic car museum, Detroit News, January 14, 2013, Retrieved January 28, 2013
  2. ^ Walter P Chrysler Museum is closing in December for good this time, Autoweek, November 9, 2016, retrieved May 10, 2017
  3. ^ 15 notable cars of the Walter P Chrysler Museum, Motortrend.com, published on December 23, 2016 retrieved August 14, 2017
  4. ^ Snavely, Brent (2017-04-12). "Maserati is headed to Auburn Hills offices". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2017-04-21.  Version posted at USA Today

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