1864- John Francis Dodge born.
1868- Horace Elgin Dodge born.
1875- Walter P. Chrysler born
April 2 Ellis Kansas.
1892- WPC starts work with
Union Pacific railroad for 5¢/hour.
1902- Ransom Olds places an
order to the Dodge brothers for 3000 transmission to be used in his curved
1903- Dodge brothers join
Ford in starting a new car company. Their responsability is to build engines.
1908- Walter P Chrysler becomes
super intendent of locomotive power of the Chicago Great Western Railroad
At- 33,youngest man to ever hold that position. With only $700 in savings,buys
$5000 locomobile for the single purpose of taking it apart to examine.
1909- Whit no chance for advancement,
WPC quits Great Western and joins American Locomotive.
1911- Charles Nash replaces
William Durant at General Motors.Nash hires WP. Chrysler for $6000 per
year,taking a 50 % cut in salary to join the automaker.
1913- John Dodge resings as
director of Ford Motor.Co.
1914- First Dodge Bros. car
rolls out November 14.
1915- Durant regains power
at General Motors,and gives Chrysler $500,000 per year to stay whit the
1919- After four years of
broken buisness promises by Durant, Chrysler leaves General Motors.
1920-Walter P. Chrysler becomes
executive vice president of troubled Willys Overland with a salary up wards
of $1 million/year, two year contact. Whit in months, WP.C reduces debt
from $46 million to $18 million.Now asked to take control of Maxwell which
was in worse condition. John Dodge dies in January of pneumonia and Horace
Dodge dies in Decembre of the flu and cirrhosis of the liver.
1922- Maxwell shows a profit
of one million dollars how over still deeply in debt. Walter P.Chrysler
completes his contrat with Willys Overland.
1924- During a time of many
longtime auto company going bust, Maxwell introduces an all new model,
first automobile to bear the Chrysler name; a six cylinder costing between
$1625-$1925 call the Model B.
1925- Maxwell Motor Company
reorganized as the Chrysler Corporation, Dodge familly sells interest in
1926- Imperial Roadster paces
1928- Chrysler starts "Art
& Color's" styling department headed by Hebert V Henderson. De Soto
and Plymouth introduced. Dodge purchased by Chrysler for $170 million in
1931- 1931 models culninate
Art & Color's first major role in styling an entire car. Work begins
on the desing of the Airflow.
1933- Ray Dietrich becomes
chief styling,bringing Le Baron name which remains a registered Chrysler
trade mark to this day, Imperial Le Baron roadster paces Indy 500.
1934-First Airflow introduced.
De Soto Airflow wins Grand Prix Award for aerodynamic styling at Monte-
Carlo Concours d'Elegence,also sweeps all closed stock car records in class.
1940-Walter P Chrysler dies
August 18 th.
1941-Newport Le Baron dual-cowl
pheaton paces Indy 500.
1945-Chrysler among the last
to get back into production following WW II
1949-Virgil Exner starts with
1951-First Chrysler V8 introduced:
a 331c.i. Hemi.New Yorker paces Indy 500.
debuts in June. Dodge Royal paces Indy 500.
1956-De Soto Fire Flite paces
1963-Chrysler 300 paces Indy
1964-Richard Petty wins Daytona
500 and his first career NASCAR championship in a Belvedere Hemi.
1965-Plymouth Sport Fury paces
1971-Dodge Challanger paces
Indy 500.Accident while exiting the track causes deathand injuries.
1987-Chrysler purchassed American
Motors for $1.5 billion. Chrysler pace Indy 500 again (Le Baron) 16 years
after fatal 1971 accident.
1994-Dodge Viper paces Indy
1996-Dodge Viper GTS paces