Want a piece of Chrysler's archives? A number of cars that were once part of the automaker's historical collection will soon be up for grabs at RM Auctions' Classic Cars of Michigan event.
Rest assured, Mopar lovers, that this isn't a sign of Chrysler purging its historical content. At one point, these were part of the company's corporate collection, but were deemed as either "non-core vehicles" or duplicates, and transferred to the Walter P. Chrysler Museum's control. It was up to the museum to decide which cars should stay, and which should be sold off at auction. For the most part, we're not bemoaning the loss of the low-mileage 1995 Chrysler Cirrus, or a 1982 Frank Sinatra Imperial, but there are some unusual vehicles tossed into the mix.
Truck fans aren't left in the cold, either. In addition to a
1951 Willys station wagon project and a solid 1977 Jeep Wagoneer, a 1985 Comanche pickup
-- the exact truck used to set a number of speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats -- is also for sale. We're in love with the 1975 Dodge CNT900
up for auction -- not only is it one of the last Dodge heavy-duty trucks ever built, but it's fully restored in the "Chrysler Transport" colors it wore when shuttling parts between factories thirty years ago.
There's a surprising number of early American Motors history up for grabs, too. We're in love with the lumbering 1918 Nash Quad four-wheel-drive truck
, but others may enjoy a 1904 Overland Runabout or a 1904 Rambler Model L Tonneau. Both cars are largely complete, but need to be treated to a complete restoration.
If turbocharged Dodges are your thing, then perhaps the pristine 1985 Lancer ES, or the 2003 SRT-4 -- with a scant 25,0000 miles on the clock -- are up your alley. Also up for grabs is the 1991 Stealth R/T that, had it not been for outcries of a Mitsubishi-built vehicle pacing "America's race," would have gone on to be the pace car at the 1991 Indy 500. A pair of Plymouths, including a 1973 Satellite sedan and a 1990 Horizon hatchback -- the later with only 1230 miles on the odometer -- are also slated for the auction block.
If you're more of an American Motors rebel than a Mopar maniac, you may be in luck -- the collection also includes a long list of Kenosha-built vehicles. It'll take a true nutter devotee to pony up for the first Renault Alliance -- with 23 miles on the clock -- ever built, but others, like the clean 1977 Hornet Coupe or the '64 Rambler once owned by AMC chairman George Romney, are a little easier to swallow.
Look for these cars -- among many others -- to roll across the auction block in Novi, Michigan, on April 24 and 25.