1984 Plymouth Voyager Minivan

Date:
1984
Creator:
Chrysler Corporation

Plymouth Voyager advertising called this the "all-new space-age American family wagon," and it really was a new kind of vehicle. Shorter than typical sedans, station wagons, or large vans, the new "mini-vans" were easy to drive but could carry seven people, plus lots of luggage, camping gear, or sports equipment. They were instantly popular with buyers and were immediately copied by other manufacturers, foreign and domestic.

Identifier:
90.248.1
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Chrysler Motors Corporation.

1924 Chrysler Touring Car

Date:
1924
Creator:
Chrysler Corporation

The first car to wear the Chrysler nameplate was perfectly suited to the Roaring Twenties. It was a decade of fast profits, fast music, and fast driving. A lightweight chassis and an efficient engine meant Chrysler drivers could out-accelerate Cadillacs costing twice as much. When Chrysler drivers stopped, they used modern hydraulic brakes instead of the Caddy's old-style mechanical brakes. Small wonder that Chrysler sales increased 500 percent from 1925 to 1929.

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
Identifier:
93.96.1
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

1957 De Soto Fireflite Hardtop

Date:
1957
Creator:
Exner, Virgil M. (Virgil Max), 1909-1973 | Chrysler Corporation

De Soto appealed to drivers who desired the cutting edge of technology. Soaring fins and an airy roof suggested military jet fighters. Pushbuttons replaced old-fashioned transmission levers. And De Sotos were powerful -- perfect for the new high-speed, four-lane turnpikes and the newly-funded interstate highway system.

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
Identifier:
93.151.1
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

1965 Goldenrod Land Speed Race Car

Date:
1965
Creator:
Summers, Bill and Bob Summers | Summers Brothers Racing, LLC
Publisher/Studio:
Chrysler Corporation

In November 1965 this sleek car flashed across Utah's Bonneville salt flats to break the world speed record for wheel driven (as opposed to jet or rocket powered) cars. One key to its success was its long, slim shape that minimized wind resistance. The other key was the clever engineering that packed four Chrysler "Hemi" engines and the machinery to drive all four wheels inside that slim shape. Goldenrod's record of 409.277 miles per hour stood until 1991. Builders Bob and Bill Summers were part of an automobile culture unique to Southern California. Read more »

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
Identifier:
2002.103.1
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

1956 Chrysler 300-B Stock Car

Date:
1956
Creator:
Kiekhaefer, Elmer Carl, (1906-1983)|Chrysler Corporation

This Chrysler was part of one of the most successful teams in the history of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR). In 1956 team owner Carl Kiekhaefer's cars won 22 out of 41 races, including 16 in a row. This was one of the cars Buck Baker drove on his way to becoming the NASCAR driving champion in 1956. Unlike modern NASCAR racers this is a real production car, modified for racing. Carl Kiekhaefer brought a new level of professionalism to stock car racing. His cars, drivers, and mechanics all wore matching uniforms. Read more »

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
Identifier:
2003.13.1
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

1998 Dodge Ram Quad Cab Pickup Truck

Date:
1998
Creator:
Chrysler Corporation. Dodge Division

In the 1970s pickup trucks became the best selling vehicles in the United States. By the 1990s extended cabs with small but usable rear seats were very popular. The 1998 Dodge Ram Quad Cab added two doors to give better access to the rear seat. Four doors, a full rear seat, and a high quality car-like interior turned the pickup into a replacement for the family sedan.

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
Identifier:
2011.124.1
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

1978 Dodge Omni Sedan

Date:
1978
Creator:
Chrysler Corporation. Dodge Division

This little car was a reaction to the high gasoline prices brought on by the 1973 Arab oil embargo and the new fuel economy standards passed by Congress in 1975. It, and its twin the Plymouth Horizon, were the first American cars to adopt a front wheel drive, hatchback configuration that was common in Europe. Motor Trend magazine named them "Car of the Year."

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn,MI 48124-5029
Identifier:
2011.329.2
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford.