Chrysler was founded in 1925 by Walter P. Chrysler. The Chrysler vehicle came to be with the restructuring of the Maxwell Motor Company, which was reorganized into the Chrysler Corporation and the actual Chrysler vehicle that was built by Walter P. Chrysler in 1924 called the Chrysler 70 or B-70.
Many of us attribute Chrysler to the popular Imperial or the K-Car of the 1980’s but Chrysler developed some very unique cars over the years that were actually manufactured and some that never made it past the prototype stage.
The Airflow was made between 1934 and 1937. It was one of the first cars to be manufactured with the airstream concept.
Although the American Woody wasn’t an original concept of Chrysler, they incorporated the woody design into their own form of luxury. The Hollywood crowd was won over.
The 1940 Chrysler Thunderbolt Concept introduced a new wave of designs and industry technological accomplishments. The body was made of aluminum and the roof was retractable, and had an electrically controlled hardtop. There were no door handles; instead they were operated by a push button. The windows were controlled by hydraulic power. The headlights were concealed in the bodywork. The aerodynamic design continued to the fully enclosed wheel wells. There were no A pillars. In 2008 one sold at auction for $1,230,000.00.
The Chrysler Norseman was a four-seat fastback coupe built in 1956 as a concept car. Although designed by Chrysler’s stylists, actual construction was contracted out to the Italian coach-building firm of Carrozzeria Ghia. The concept car was lost during the sinking of the SS Andrea Doria.
Every car enthusiasts remembers the Chrysler Turbine. Produced between 1962 and 1964, they ran on a turbine engine and the bodies were made by Ghia. After testing a public user program through 1965, the Turbine was reclaimed by Chrysler and all but 9 of the cars were destroyed.
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