The Birth of the Chrysler Corporation
The new Chrysler was soon entered in competitive events, notably by the famed race driver, Ralph DePalma. Driving a stock B-70 touring car, on July 16, 1924, he climbed California's Mount Wilson in a record-breaking 25 minutes, 48 seconds, at times attaining a speed of 44 miles an hour in second gear. The contest involved a climb of 4,635 feet over a nine and a half mile course, with no fewer than 144 curves. Two months later, at Fresno, DePalma drove 1,000 miles in 1,007 minutes. Refueling stops excluded, his average speed was 68.3 miles per hour.
Meanwhile, the four-cylinder Maxwell had undergone a number of improvements. A three-bearing crankshaft was substituted for the earlier two-bearing job, which had an unfortunate tendency to whip at high rpm. Soon the car was being advertised as "The New Good Maxwell," which tells us all we need to know about the earlier models.
In June 1925, with Walter P. Chrysler firmly in control, the Maxwell Motor Company was reorganized as the Chrysler Corporation. By that time the Maxwell car was in its final season, though it would re-emerge in 1926 as the Chrysler 58. Eventually, the four-banger would metamorphose into a new marque, the Plymouth. But of course it was the B-70 on which the Chrysler reputation was built.
Next, get specifications for the 1924 Chrysler Model B-70.