The People of Chrysler: biographies and interviews
Interviews with Mopar Folk
Note: For interviews, the position listed was valid when they were interviewed; unless they were retirees when interviewed, in which case we used their top level when employed.
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Biographies of Mopar / Chrysler engineers
- Fred Zeder, first Chief Engineer of Chrysler (1924-1961)
- Carl Breer, original head of R&D
- Owen Skelton, Musketeer
- Walter P. Chrysler
- Willem Weertman, engines chief and lead designer of the slant six, 3.3, 2.2, and others (interview)
- Pete Hagenbuch, head of production engine performance (interview)
- Alan B. “Tobe” Couture, on the early days
- Bob Cahill, who went from working on the first “early Hemi” V8 to the 426 Hemi V8, and spurred the creation of both race and street Hemis.
- Robert M. Sinclair, who led engineering on the Valiant, Horizon, and other cars, and was head of engineering in the mid-1980s.
- Francois Castaing (1992 interview), pioneering vice president of Vehicle Engineering, and an AMC man
- G. Glenn Gardner (LH chief) on the LH series design (1992)
- George M. Wallace, Superbird engineer
- John Fernandez, an engineer on the Neon, Viper, Shelby GLHS, and other models; founder of the PVO and former head of Motorsports
- The Dodge Brothers, and their role in building Fords
- Clessie Lyle Cummins, engineer of the Cummins diesel engines and inventor of the Jake Brake
- Frank J. Ewasyshyn, EVP of Manufacturing, and sponsor of the 1984 Plymouth Voyager at the Chrysler Museum
- Dan Knott, one of the leaders of the Viper and Jeep teams, and head of procurement
Dodge, Plymouth, and Jeep racers
- Lee and Richard Petty, legendary NASCAR racers
- Don Garlits, legendary and innovative drag racer
- Ted Musgrave, Dodge truck racer at NASCAR
- Bill "Maverick" Golden, successful racer and original wheelstander
- Mopar Missile builder and mechanic Joe Pappas (2009 interview)
- Walter Voss, Director-Administration of Renault Jeep Sport (Jeep sport leader)
Chrysler corporate leaders
- Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Chrysler and Fiat, 2009-?
- Burton Bouwkamp, product planner, Chrysler Europe leader, and Mitsubishi board member
- Lynn A. Townsend, president of Chrysler during some of its best years
- Thomas Stallkamp, spearheaded the SCORE and Extended Enterprise strategies
- Susan Unger, head of IT in the 1990s
- Fred Diaz, CEO of Ram Trucks
- Joseph E. Fields, early sales chief and first DeSoto president
- Bob McCurry, Dodge sales chief and creator of the car rebate
- C. Robert Kidder, 2009 Chrysler Group Chair
- Avard T. Fairbanks, designer of the Dodge Ram and the Plymouth Flying Lady ornaments
- John E. Herlitz, stylist of the 1970 Plymouth Barracuda and Dodge Copperhead
- Bob Ackerman, stylist of the M4S
- Roy Axe, who worked with Rootes Group and designed or influenced many Chrysler Europe cars
- Elwood Engel, whose clean designs were well-received from the mid-60s to the mid-1970s
Other Mo-people of interest
- Charles Pogue, inventor, credited with the “200 mpg carburetor”
- Milt Wood, Chelsea tester and Superbird owner
- Richard Samul, Chelsea tester and Firebrewed owner
- Bill Wetherholt, 40-year Chrysler stamping operator
- Matt Wetherholt, Chrysler tool & die man, UAW rep
- Richard L. Benner, assembly worker and manager
- Ethel Miller, owner of the first and millionth Plymouths.
- Christine, the movie car
- Pioneers of the American Auto Industry
- John North Willys, founder of Nash and Willys
- Allpar contributors
- Stewart Pomeroy, Mopar Missile owner and historian
- Johnny Cash's Plymouth, and the Johnny Cash Plymouth contest
- Franklin D. Roosevelt's Plymouths
- Celebrities' Mopars
- Walter P. Chrysler: The Life and Times of an Automotive Genius - a thorough history of Chrysler, the man, and Chrysler Corporation.
- Common Sense Not Required, - read our review! - tales of working as an engineer at AMC and Chrysler.
- Christine (R) $9.95. Meet a 1958 Plymouth that defends itself and fixes itself. Aside from killing people, reminds me of some of my own Plymouths.