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Chrysler museum adds 'futuristic' model

8/6/2012

By ABBY BELDEN

abelden@dailynews.net

ELLIS -- The Walter P. Chrysler Boyhood Home and Museum has added a scale model "people mover" to its collection.

The museum received the 3/8th-scale model of the Chrysler 700C concept vehicle from Chrysler approximately two weeks ago.

The scale model allows people to view the exterior of the minivan, but the full-sized prototype shown at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit offered consumers a look at what could be available for future purchase.

Dena Patee, director and manager of the museum, said instead of the traditional door latches and interior dash, the prototype concept vehicle featured touch pads and panels.

While Patee said people liked the vehicle exterior, the touch-feature heavy interior was not as popular.

"They said they have to tame down the interior to make it more appealing to today's consumers," said Patee, also the director of the Ellis Alliance.

Sheri Weisner, tour guide at the museum, said the interior probably was ahead of its time or too futuristic for consumers.

The scale model is scheduled to be on display in the museum for the next two years.

The Chrysler 700C scale model will be on display during Chrysler Day, Aug. 27, and during regular museum hours -- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.