1924 Chrysler Six

Walter P. Chrysler may have the most diverse, Horatio Alger-style, career in America, and certainly in the automobile industry. From floor sweeper in the Union Pacific shops to the best locomotive valve-gear setter on the road to manager of the American Locomotive Company to President of Buick and finally to being the creator of one of America's Big Three auto manufacturers, it is an unparalleled story of dedication, skill, intuition and success. Mr. Chrysler started his eponymous company from the wreckage of Maxwell and Chalmers with a solid but not revolutionary big six-cylinder. Introduced in 1924, the Chrysler six boasted only 201 cubic inches but its 4.7:1 compression ratio engine delivered 68 horsepower. Consider that for a moment. Ford's Model A, which wouldn't show up for another four years, had the same displacement but only 40 hp. The flathead V-8 of 1932 was 221 cubic inches but with 65 hp still didn't match Chrysler's smooth, quiet 1924 Six. Even Buick's valve-in-head six of 1924 required 255 cubic inches to generate 70hp. Chrysler was one of the first to adopt 4-wheel hydraulic brakes and the Chrysler Six also had full pressure engine lubrication. No wonder Chrysler sold 32,000 of them in its first year. It isn't often that an example of such a significant American automobile comes along, but this is one. Not only that but it is one of the most desirable body styles, the 1924 Chrysler Model B-70 Six Phaeton. It is a thoroughly and beautifully restored example with two tone grey body, black fenders, black leather interior and black cloth top. Features include varnished wood spoke artillery wheels, whitewall tires, front and rear chrome bumpers, Chrysler-branded running board step plates with mud wipers, winged radiator cap, dual windshield wipers and a rear-mounted spare that complemented the phaeton body's lines. This example also has extremely unusual early turn signals mounted on the body sides between the doors. It is thoroughly restored with due attention to all areas, particularly the engine, in a subtly attractive color combination that complements the phaeton body's design. Chrysler throughout its history in the Twenties and Thirties stood for exceptional quality, engineering and design, but it was the 1924 Chrysler Six that started it all and deserves an honored place in American automobile history.

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