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WPC Museum to showcase Chrysler engine technology

by Bill Cawthon on

For those who believe it’s what’s inside that matters most, the Walter P. Chrysler Museum, in Auburn Hills, Mich., presents its “Under the Hood” exhibit that runs through Sunday, Oct. 31.

A total of 33 vehicles in the Museum collection are part of two presentations. From the 1915 Dodge Brothers Touring car within the Museum’s first floor gallery through the 1986 Chrysler Town & Country convertible on the second floor, enthusiasts can get a good look at Chrysler engine evolution through 16 models exhibited chronologically. A stop in Boss Chrysler’s Garage one floor below reveals an additional 17 exposed engines on an eclectic mix of race and muscle cars, Jeep vehicles and trucks. Included in the exhibit are:

1915 Dodge Brothers Touring Car
1924 Chrysler B-70 Phaeton
1928 Chrysler Model 72 LeMans Race Car
1934 Chrysler Airflow
1936 Chrysler Imperial C-10 Sedan
1937 Dodge Half-Ton Panel Truck
1939 Dodge Deluxe Town Coupe
1939 Plymouth P8 Deluxe Convertible
1941 Chrysler Town & Country Station Wagon
1946 Willys-Overland Jeep CJ-2A
1949 Dodge Half-Ton Pickup
1950 Willys-Overland Jeepster Phaeton
1951 Chrysler Saratoga Club Coupe
1954 Chrysler New Yorker Convertible
1954 Dodge Power Wagon
1955 Chrysler 300
1955 Dodge La Femme
1956 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer D-500
1956 Chrysler Imperial Southhampton Coupe
1957 Dodge Sideswept Pickup
1957 Plymouth Fury
1961 Chrysler 300
1963 Chrysler Turbine
1966 Dodge Charger “Lawman”
1967 Plymouth Fury III Convertible
1968 AMC AMX
1969 Plymouth Road Runner
1970 Plymouth Valiant Duster
1973 Jeep CJ-5
1981 Plymouth Reliant
1982 AMC Eagle SX14
1982 Dodge PPG M4S Turbo Interceptor
1986 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible

The Museum is located on Chrysler Group LLC complex in Auburn Hills, at exit 78 (Chrysler Dr.) off I-75. It is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday and noon – 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (62 and older) and $4 for six – 12 year olds. Children five and under are admitted free. A discount rate of $4 per person is available for groups of 15 or larger. Two-for-one admission coupons are available on the Museum’s Web site.

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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