After resigning from his post as first vice president of General Motors in 1920 because of a dispute with the company's chief executive, Walter P. Chrysler was hired to turn around both the Willys-Overland Co. and Maxwell Motor Company. One year later Chrysler became chairman of Maxwell-Chalmers Co. and in 1925 it was renamed the Chrysler Corporation. By 1929, the automaker had solidified its place as one of America's "Big Three," thanks largely to the purchase of Dodge Brothers, Inc. and the launch of the DeSoto and Plymouth brands.
Today, the Auburn Hills, Mich.-based company retains that position, although it is partly owned by Italian manufacturer Fiat S.p.A., which allied itself with Chrysler during the company's 2009 financial struggles and bought shares previously held by the U.S. Treasury in 2011.
In 1928, Chrysler acquired Dodge Brothers Inc. and also launched the Plymouth and DeSoto brands.
The 1931 Chrysler Imperial is one of the first of the company’s cars to feature an 8-cylinder engine.
According to Chrysler, the 1940 Thunderbolt Concept is one of two “Idea Cars” built for experimental use and for public shows.
Chrysler resumes civilian vehicle production after the end of WWII in 1946 with new models of the Town & Country in sedan, coupe and convertible versions.
The 1949 Jeep Willys Wagon was named for the Willys-Overland Co., which began working with Chrysler in the early 1920s.
1955 marked the first year that Chrysler offered customers a fully transistorized radio in its cars, including the '55 New Yorker.
The 1956 Chrysler Norsman concept car was never shown to the public after the being sunk to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean during the sinking of the SS Andrea Dorea in 1957.
1963 marked the first year that Chrysler offered its customers a five year or 50,000 mile drivetrain warranty on their vehicles, such as the '63 Turbine.
The 1982 Plymouth Reliant was one of Chrysler’s two K-Car models.
The 1990 Town and Country was officially named Chrysler’s luxury minivan.
The 1993 Chrysler Concorde was introduced as part of Chrysler’s family-friendly car line.
The 1993 Eagle Vision was part of Chrysler’s new Eagle Brand, which was originally introduced in 1987.
With increased sales of popular models like the 1994 New Yorker, Chrysler reports its highest-ever yearly net earnings, with $3.7 billion.
The 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee was the first model available in the U.S. to feature a 3.0-liter diesel engine, according to Chrysler.
The 2008 Dodge Journey offers 25 mph highway. Chrysler said it marked the company’s vision for a crossover SUV and passenger car.
The 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 can be equipped with a 5.7L Hemi V8 engine for 375hp while getting an estimated 27 mpg highway.
The 2013 Chrysler 300S Glacier gets an estimated 27 mpg highway and retails for $37,145.
The 2013 Durango can drive more than 550 miles on a single tank of gasoline, according to Dodge.