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WPC Museum to auction historic vehicles

by Bill Cawthon on

Are you a Chrysler fan pining for a pristine piece of the past? You’ll get your chance on April 24 and 25 when RM Auctions calls for bids on a number of vehicles once part of the Walter P. Chrysler Museum’s historical collection at their Classic Cars of Michigan event in Novi, Michigan.

The vehicles range from a 1982 Frank Sinatra Imperial and a ’73 Satellite sedan to a Dodge Stealth R/T that should have been the pace car at the 1991 Indy 500. If something bigger suits your style, a 1975 Dodge CNT900 will go on the block wearing the Chrysler Transport livery it wore back when it carried parts between Chrysler factories.

Jeep lovers will have a chance to take home the 1985 Comanche pickup used to set several land speed records at Bonneville or a 1951 Willys station wagon.

Did you miss out on the AMC Alliance, the Kenosha-built Renault that Motor Trend named its Car of the Year in 1983? You can get the first one built at the Classic Cars of Michigan event. Or you can go home with AMC Chairman George Romney’s 1964 Rambler. Some true AMC classics, like the 1904 Overland Runabout or the 1918 Nash Quad with 4-wheel drive, will go to the highest bid..

The vehicles from the WPC collection were selected either because they were duplicates or not considered core exhibits for the museum’s mission to preserve Chrysler’s heritage. They are being auctioned to free up space and raise money for museum projects.

The auction will be held at The Rock Financial ShowPlace, 46100 Grand River Avenue in Novi , Michigan. For more information, visit the RM Auctions website.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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