Attention Chrysler fans and auto buffs: You have two weekends left to visit the Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles needs more office space, so the museum, recently open only on alternate weekends, is closing for good on December, 18, according to Autoblog.
After breaking ground in 1996, the museum opened in October 1999. The three-story, 55,000 square foot structure is set on 10 acres at the Chrysler Headquarters Complex. The museum’s 65-plus antique, concept, and custom cars will be stored elsewhere, but will be shown at various events, Autoblog reports.
The museum’s lower level is where you’ll find 60s and 70s muscle cars and race cars. That level, known as “Boss Chrysler’s Garage,” holds a variety of Chrysler collection vehicles, including a series of Jeeps.
The main and second level open to a two-story atrium with a rotating tower of the company’s concept vehicles. The first floor starts with the early 1900s, tracing the company timeline, and includes vehicles from its vintage collection. This is a great chance to see examples of the defunct DeSoto, Hudson, Nash, Plymouth, Rambler, and Willys-Overland brands.
The second level picks up the story with the 1951 debut of the HEMI engine and carries forward. This floor also traces Chrysler’s design and engineering contributions. The American automaker was first in the industry to introduce automatic overdrive, power-assisted convertible tops, the key-operated combination ignition and starter, power windows and power steering, cruise control, and airbags as standard equipment. This is in addition to integrated car seats and other innovations.
Your last chances to visit the Walter P. Chrysler Museum will be the weekends of November 19 and 20, and December 17 and 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Admission for adults is $10, seniors and retired FCA employees $8, and kids from 6 to 17 $6. Children 5 and under are free.
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