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Walter P. Chrysler Museum closing Dec. 31

Posted Dec 31st 2012 1:30PM

Walter P. Chrysler Museum

After 13 years of operation, the Walter P. Chrysler Museum on the Chrysler campus in Auburn Hills is closing its doors for good. Waning attendance meant the museum couldn't meet its own costs, leaving the facility's 67 vintage vehicles and slew of displays without a home. Fortunately, Chrysler has stepped in to save the vast majority of the cars and trucks housed in the collection, and the newest additions to the automaker's stable will be curated by the Chrysler Foundation. While ancient iron like a 1902 Rambler and a 1917 Willys-Knight 88-8 Touring are certainly worthy of a longing look, the museum also housed some impressive pieces of the automaker's technological history.

Those include a 30-cylinder tank engine designed and manufactured in World War II. The 25-litre behemoth was comprised of five inline sixes mashed together and generated a modest 450 horsepower. The collection also includes plenty of muscle cars and a few gems from defunct brands like DeSoto, Plymouth and AMC.

Those within driving distance can see the collection for just US$8. Head to the museum's site for more information.

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