For Immediate Release: October 1, 1998
Contacts: Edeen Martin
Truman Library and Museum

Julie Goldsborough
Barkley & Evergreen Public Relations


- Historic Cars Return to Truman Library & Museum -

    Two restored Chryslers return to Truman Library - a 1941 Chrysler Royal Club coupe and a 1941 Chrysler Windsor sedan once owned by President and Mrs. Truman. They are returning from Chrysler Corporation headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
    Main Entrance, Truman Library
    Tuesday, September 15, 1998 at 11 a.m.
    President Harry S. Truman (aka Niel Johnson) will drive one of the Chryslers up the Library driveway and return the car to the Library & Museum. Library Director Larry Hackman will accept the cars on behalf of the Library.
Why:Two years ago, the Chrysler Corporation began restoring the cars, which now appear much as they did when Harry and Bess Truman first purchased them from the showroom floor 58 years ago. The cars are being returned to the Truman Library for display beginning in early November.

Although both cars have been in the Truman Library collection for years, they had lost much of their original historical integrity, having passed through a series of other owners once the Trumans moved into the White House in 1945.

For the past two years, a team of restorers has worked meticulously documenting the existing condition of the cars and establishing a restoration plan. Detailed production records from the Chrysler archives were consulted to determine paint colors and options which were originally included on the cars. Some damaged and missing parts were re-fabricated at the Chrysler Technical Center, often by engineers who normally build prototypes for the cars of the future. In all, about $120,000 was contributed by the Chrysler Corporation for out-of-pocket restoration expenses.

Editor's Notes: Excellent photo opportunity. Much more information on the cars and restoration is available. Call Julie Goldsborough or Michelle Manuel at above number for details.

The Truman Library and Museum is located at U.S. Highway 24 and Delaware in Independence, Mo. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 9 a. m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission is $5 for adults, $4.50 for seniors, $3 for children ages 6 to 18, and free for children 5 years and under.

The Harry S. Truman Library is one of ten Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.

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