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Part IV - The 1940s: From Walter Chrysler to Virgil Exner

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Chrysler History, Part 4: The Story So Far

The Dodge Brothers, who originally supplied Ford, have started their own company, building cars with a strong reputation for durability. Walter P. Chrysler, after rising in the railroads as an engineer and, later, as a manager, was put in charge of faltering Buick, with excellent results. Walter Chrysler left Buick to head Willys, and started working with the firm of Zeder-Skelton-Breer Engineering on the most advanced car ever produced. Both Dodge Brothers die and the business is placed in the hands of people somewhat less qualified to run it. Maxwell-Chalmers runs into trouble and hires Walter Chrysler, who first rescues and then takes over the company. The new Chrysler is produced with excellent reviews and results. Plymouth, Fargo, and DeSoto are started and Dodge is purchased, partly to gain manufacturing plants for Plymouth.

1940 - Walter Chrysler dies; tank production contract

1941 - Plymouth Truck ends, semi-automatic transmission

1942-45

1946 - Gas filter, Diplomat, Kingsway, L.L. Colbert

1947 - Graham plant

1948 - Nine Mile Press plant, Winfield Foundry

1949 - Virgil Exner joins Chrysler, starting the "Exner era"

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