Walter P. Chrysler (pictured) worked with three ex-Studebaker engineers to design the first Chrysler vehicle, the 1924 Chrysler Six. This vehicle included numerous automotive innovations, including a high-compression six-cylinder engine and standard four-wheel hydraulic brakes on a passenger car. It also came well-equipped with aluminum pistons, full-pressure lubrication, replaceable oil and air filters, indirect interior lighting, shock absorbers, and more.
1924 Chrysler Six
However, before Walter P. Chrysler designed this automotive wonder, he spent the early part of his life engrossed in the railroad industry. He was majorly a self-taught machinist and quickly became known as the go-to man for hard-to-solve mechanical problems. He worked his way across many positions, including foreman, superintendent, and general master mechanic.
In 1911, he received a summons to meet with James J. Storrow, a General Motors executive. After that meeting, Chrysler became the works manager in charge of production for Buick in Flint, Michigan. He worked to cut costs and improve quality and by the time he left Buick in 1919, he was one of the richest men in America.
1955 Chrysler 300
After the production of the Chrysler Six , the Chrysler Corporation continued to innovate and offer luxuriously-appointed and well-made vehicles, including its Imperial series in the 1930s.
By the 1950s, Chrysler was a household brand, and 1955 was a milestone year with the release of the first Chrysler 300. This car featured dynamic styling and a brawny HEMI engine, and could be argued to be the first true muscle car.
As the decades went on, Chrysler continued to innovate and still does today. Notable models include the 300C, and the PT Cruiser.
Come see where Chrysler’s history has taken us today with the innovative and quality vehicles offered in the Chrysler lineup.