We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but The Walter P. Chrysler Museum, located next to Chrysler’s World HQ in Auburn Hills, Michigan, closed for good at the end of 2012.
We’re told that dwindling attendance was a contributing factor. It had been struggling to stay afloat financially for at least the last four years, just as many other cultural organizations have struggled in this economy.
The Museum’s collection of vehicles and displays was purchased by Chrysler, to, in Ma Mopar’s words, “preserve the Company’s automotive heritage for future generations.”
The collection will be used by Chrysler for special exhibitions, while the Museum building will be renovated for other uses.
Do you remember when the all-new E-Body Mopars got their first big public showings, along with the rest of Ma Mopar’s 1970 new car and light-truck lineup? Or, do you want an idea of what it looked like, if you weren’t around back then?
“Auto Show 1970,” the latest Mopar masterpiece by automotive artist David Snyder, turns back your clock to the big, new-car show, where people got their first up-close look at the all-new E-Body Challenger and Barracuda, as well as get their retinas dazzled by the new-for-’70 High Impact paint colors.
It’s available as an 18x26-inch limited-edition print or artist proof, or as a 32x48-inch Gallery Edition, all of them hand signed and numbered by David himself.
Pricing is $95 for prints, $130 for proofs, and $1100 for the Gallery Edition.
Get It: Car Art by David Snyder • (513) 722-9608 • www.davidsnydercarart.com
Summit Trivia Challenge
February’s Summit Trivia Challenge had its answer looking right back at you, from the pages of that issue.
Here’s the question again: What two items were left off the front end of “lightweight” ’64 Dodges and Plymouths that were on the ’63 lightweights? ANSWER: The inboard headlights and their mounting buckets, left off the ’64s to shave weight. The indentations for them were still on the radiator bulkhead, covered by a slightly wider version of the stock stamped aluminum grille. (All you had to do to get this one right was look at one of that issue’s feature cars, then look at the Way Back photo inside the back cover.)
We got a big bunch of correct responses to this one, but William Cashman of Brisbane, California, got his in first. So he’s the Summit Racing Equipment gift certificate winner this month.
For May, we’re testing your knowledge of high-speed Mopar history: On March 24, 1970, who drove a Hemi-powered “Winged Warrior” to the first 200-mph lap ever turned by a stock car?