Examining American Auto History at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum

Gary Russi served Oakland University for more than 20 years, spending the last 17 years as the president. In addition to his commitment to Oakland University, Gary Russi supported local arts and history as a member of the Walter P. Chrysler Museum Foundation board of directors in 2010.

As one of the “Big Three” Detroit automakers, Chrysler is a distinctive piece of Americana, and its 90-year heritage is embodied in the three-story, 55,000-square-foot footprint of the Walter P. Chrysler Museum. The ground floor chronicles the formative years of the company, including the iconic Chrysler Six, which changed the face of the auto industry with its lightweight high-compression six-cylinder engine and standard hydraulic brakes. The second floor opens with the legendary HEMI engine, the revolutionary design of which continues to be a staple of American muscle cars, followed by a slew of mechanical innovations such as the automatic Powerflite transmission and “safety cushion dashboard.” The lower level, colloquially known as “Boss Chrysler’s Garage,” contains rare muscle cars and one-of-a-kind race-spec vehicles, along with a selection of concept models.

The museum is located within the Chrysler Group, LLC, headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan. For more information about venue rentals or museum hours, visit www.wpchryslermuseum.org/.

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