Kansas-born Walter Chrysler, son of a locomotive engineer, was connected to the transportation industries throughout his life.  His love of machinery prompted him to forsake a college education for a machinist's apprenticeship, and his early career comprised numerous mechanical jobs in the railroad industry. In 1912, Chrysler joined General Motors as manager of its Buick manufacturing plant, becoming president of the Buick division four years later.  After parting ways with GM in 1919, Chrysler began a second career as a "doctor of ailing automakers", strengthening first Willys-Overland, then the Maxwell Motor Corporation.
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Chrysler teamed up with three ex-Studebaker engineers, Fred Zeder, Owen Skelton and Carl Breer, to design a revolutionary new car.  They defined what the products of the Chrysler brand would be: affordable, luxury vehicles known for innovative, top-flight engineering.

The first was the 1924 Chrysler Six, an all-new car priced at $1,565 that featured two significant innovations: a light, powerful, high-compression six-cylinder engine and the first use of four-wheel hydraulic brakes in a moderately priced vehicle.  The well-equipped Chrysler Six also featured aluminum pistons, replaceable oil and air filters, full-pressure lubrication, tubular front axles, shock absorbers and indirect interior lighting.


Since Chrysler was merged with Mercedes Benz, to form DaimlerChrysler in 1998, still more outstanding Chrysler vehicles have been developed, including the new Chrysler 300C, the PT Cruiser and PT Cruiser convertible, the all-new Sebring sedan and Sebring convertible, the Pacifica crossover, the latest versions of the Town & Country minivan and the Crossfire sports car.

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