October 13, 2004

Walter P. Chrysler Museum features special Dodge truck exhibition

Auburn Hills, Michigan – A collection of the fastest, strongest, most powerful and capable trucks to ever wear the Dodge badge will be showcased in Dodge Legends: The Trucks, an exhibition of 18 legendary vehicles, Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2004 – Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005 at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

Among the vehicles assembled for the exhibition are:

  • 1920 Dodge “Screenside” Commercial Car – The oldest truck in the exhibition features the same Dodge-built body as the first “commercial car” introduced three years earlier.

  • 1937 Dodge Model MC 1/2 Ton Panel Delivery – Prized today by collectors, this model’s distinctive “humpback” – originally introduced by Dodge in 1933 – cleverly provided a more spacious load-carrying compartment in the truck’s rear.
  • 1949 Dodge 1/2 Ton Pickup – Representing the first new truck design for Dodge in a decade, this “pilot house” truck featured increased glass and a taller cab – an industry first.
  • 1973 Dodge D100 Club Cab Pickup – Patterned after “club coupe” cars of the 1940s, Dodge introduced this truck – with a cab extended by 18 inches – that provided a secure and weather-proof area for storage or jump seats for extra passengers. The vehicle enabled Dodge to continue record setting sales for its truck division.
  • 1978 Dodge Lil’ Red Express Pickup – Introduced as part of a Dodge Truck “adult toy” special model promotion – and available only in Medium Canyon Red – this was the fastest American production vehicle in 1978, able to beat a Corvette to 100 mph.
  • 1994 Dodge Ram 2500 with Cummins ReCon Power – Shattering the misconception that all vehicles with diesel engines are slow, this truck – with Richie Petty behind the wheel – set two Land Speed Records: 133.929 mph for a mile from a standing start and 141.256 for a flying mile. This model also revolutionized pickup truck design and introduced the new face of Dodge.
  • 2004 Dodge Ram SRT-10 (Standard Cab) – Thanks to its Viper V-10 engine this truck, right off the assembly line, set a new world speed record for unmodified pickup trucks. The 154.587 mph speed record was certified by both Guinness World Records and the Sports Car Club of America.

The 55,000 square foot Walter P. Chrysler Museum is on DaimlerChrysler’s Auburn Hills, Michigan complex. The Museum offers three stories of more than 65 vintage, classic, muscle and concept vehicles interspersed with interactive displays and historical exhibits. The Museum also features a 125-seat movie theatre highlighting three continuously running short films and a gift shop brimming with exclusive and hard-to-find scale models and collectibles.

The Walter P. Chrysler Museum is located at Featherstone and Squirrel Roads and is accessible from I-75 at exit 78.

Museum admission is U.S.$6 for adults and $3 for seniors and children 6 – 12. Admission for children under six is free and group rates are available. There is no additional charge for Dodge Legends: The Trucks.

The Museum is open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday and noon – 6 p.m. Sunday. Visit the Museum’s Web site at www.chryslerheritage.com.

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