Walter P. Chrysler Museum


Walter P. Chrysler, who founded the Chrysler Corporation in 1925, taught himself automotive technology by taking apart and reassembling the first car he bought, a 1908 Locomobile Phaeton. Just as he did, the Walter P. Chrysler Museum gives priority to innovative engineering. Throughout the museum, some 75 vehicles are displayed in their historical context, including the radically designed 1934 DeSoto Airflow, considered by many to be the first modern car. Numerous interactive displays explain such engineered features as pushbutton automatic transmission and the legendary "Hemi" V-8 engine. Experimental (and clandestine) R&D also are revealed.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Industrial & Manufacturing, Mechanical
Topic(s):Technology/Materials
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:In the early 1920s, Chrysler hired three talented engineers--Fred Zeder, Owen Skelton, and Carl Breer--to create the first car to carry the Chrysler name. The "Chrysler Six," also known as the "ZSB" (the engineers' initials), featured the industry's first high-compression engine with aluminum pistons and a top speed of 60 mph.
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