Founded in 1924 by one-time railroad mechanic Walter P. Chrysler, Chrysler the car actually preceded Chrysler the corporation. With roots entwined with several pioneering automakers and industries, Chrysler made it possible for Detroit to become the Motor City. Featured here in over 200 vintage photographs is the heritage of one of Detroit's most renowned automakers. Chrysler Heritage: A Photographic History follows the fortunes of the company, its founders, and its products for over a century. Through its acquisition of Dodge and the introduction of Plymouth and DeSoto, Chrysler rose quickly. Renowned for its advanced engineering, it surpassed mighty Ford Motor Company for second place in sales after GM in 1933. Showcasing photographs from the Chrysler archives along with in-depth captions, this new book captures the muscle of Detroit, including the corporation's unparalleled involvement in the Second World War and the Cold War.
About the Author
Michael W.R. Davis, Yale alumnus and automotive historian, has covered the auto-making industry for more than 45 years as both a journalist and public relations executive with Ford Motor Company. Davis has served as executive director of the Detroit Historical Society and is a trustee of the National Automotive History Collection at the Detroit Public Library. Chrysler Heritage: A Photographic History is his second in a series of three books with Arcadia Publishing documenting Detroit's Big Three.