Railroad Shops Where Walter Worked.
Chrysler's Later Years
Charles Nash of the Buick division of General Motors offered Chrysler a job. He took the job and relocated to Flint, Michigan as a plant manager of Buick in 1912. Walter Chrysler became the president of Buick in June 1916. In December of that year he became vice president of the corporation. Drawing on his mechanical knowledge and organizational skill, he turned Buick around as an efficient producer of quality cars. He retired from Buick in 1920 at age 45.
In the 20's the Willis Overland company of Ohio was facing financial difficulties. Walter Chrysler was asked to become Executive Vice President at Willis Overland company and he in turn reversed their financial woes. Chrysler became known as "the car doctor".
Maxwell and Chalmers Motor Car Company Inc., persuades Chrysler to become chairman of its reorganization and management committee in 1920 to revitalize the struggling company. He cuts costs, improved quality and marketed cars more effectively.
In 1925, Maxwell Motor Car Company becomes Chrysler Corporation with Walter Chrysler as President. Chrysler corporation buys Dodge Brothers in 1928, increasing the corporations production capacity and begins producing the Plymouth. By 1929 Chrysler becomes one of the big three automobile makers.
First Chrysler Car 1924
Walter P. Chrysler resigns from the corporation in 1935, but remained chairman of the board. He died on August 8, 1940.