Cars, trucks, and Chrysler-Plymouth-Dodge-Jeep histories for various years

This is a new chronological arrangement — you can also visit the old “by brand or topic” page.

The pre-Chrysler years

Chrysler begins: “extra care in engineering” for revolutionary cars

The war years

Postwar: filling the demand for cars

The high-style body-on-frame cars, 1940s-1959

Unit-body to muscle: the 1960s

Chrysler had several major technological transitions through the years; arguably, the first was the move from body-on-frame to unit-body, and they handled it with startling speed. Instead of switching one model or body size at a time, they moved just about every car at once, only leaving behind models with very small sales. Amazingly, they managed the change almost flawlessly.

The 1970s: downsizing and depowering

Front wheel driven, electronically controlled: the 1980s

The roller coaster 1990s

Under the thumb of Daimler: 1999-2007

Back in the U.S.: Cerberus and Beyond

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