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1925 Chrysler, 1984 minivan to be at Canadian show

by David Zatz on

Icons of Chrysler Canada will be visiting the 2016 Canadian International AutoShow (CIAS).  A made-in-Canada 1984 minivan, with Dodge badging, will be on display alongside a 1925 Chrysler B70 sedan. Chrysler was first brought out in 1924 by Maxwell Motors, which was purchased by the Chrysler “shell company”  in 1925.

1925 Chrysler B70

The 1925 Chrysler will be part in the annual Art and the Automobile exhibit in the South Building of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC), to celebrate, one year late, the recent 90th anniversary of the Chrysler Corporation of Canada Limited, which was incorporated on June 17, 1925. The car included an industry-first high-compression engine and Chrysler-designed, Lockheed-inspired four-wheel hydraulic brakes (the company assigned its brake patents to Lockheed to make it easier for competitors to use them). The “70” in the car’s name likely refers to its top speed.

The 1984 minivan will be at the FCA display in the North Building. If, as Chrysler claims, it carries a 2.2 liter engine, it is not the first minivan ever built. That one was retained by Chrysler and showcased in the museum, but had the Mitsubishi engine, an odd choice as a statement for history. “Minivan #1” was built as a Plymouth, but more than once, it’s had its badges and grille swapped to show continuity with the Dodge Caravan.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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