Chrysler was founded by an automotive industry executive, Walter Percy Chrysler, after the Maxwell Motor Company was reorganized into the Chrysler Corporation. Since the birth of the Chrysler brand, the founder’s dream was to create vehicles with revolutionary designs and innovative features.
The very first Chrysler vehicle on the market was the 1924 Chrysler Six. Walter P. Chrysler partnered with three engineers: Fred Zeder, Owen Skelton and Carl Breer to design the amazing Chrysler Six. This vehicle was equipped with a lightweight and powerful six-cylinder engine. For the first time, a replaceable oil filter was used on a passenger car. Other features of this vehicle included interior lighting, full-pressure lubrication and shock absorbers.
The 1926 Chrysler Touring is another iconic passenger car. Some people consider the production of this vehicle as the real genesis of the Chrysler brand. The design of the Chrysler Touring began in 1925 and was made available on the market in 1926. This stylish convertible was equipped with a four-cylinder engine that was capable of producing a power of 38 horsepower and had a maximum speed of 59 miles per hour. Other features that make this vehicle a masterpiece include its eye-catching wooden wheels and unique exterior design.
The first generation of the Chrysler Newport was produced between 1940 and 1941. This time around, Chrysler’s engine technology had been significantly improved, therefore, the 8-cylinder internal combustion engine in the Chrysler Newport was capable of producing a maximum power of 143 horsepower. Furthermore, the design of the Chrysler Newport was inspired after the Chrysler New Yorker. At the very end of the second generation of the Chrysler Newport in the 1950s, this car was finally produced with a hardtop for more protection against the rain and wind. The production of the vehicle continued into the seventh generation and ended in 1981.
Another Chrysler masterpiece was the 1940 Chrysler Windsor. This full-size car was manufactured from 1940 to 1966. When the Windsor first arrived on the market, it was available in different versions including a 6 or 8-passenger sedan and a convertible. Production of this vehicle ended in 1942 due to the war, however, it resumed in 1946. Over the years, the exterior design of the Chrysler Windsor has changed in many ways, including a move from round and curvy lines to straight ones.
Chrysler has designed and created many other classic vehicles that are also worth exploring, but that’s a topic for a later blog. Stay tuned!