After a nearly 75-year run, Plymouth, Chrysler's entry-level brand, bids farewell when a silver Neon LX with a 2.0-liter engine and five-speed manual transmission, rolls off the assembly line in Belvidere, Ill., on June 28, 2001.
Darrell Davis, Chrysler's vice president for parts and service operations, purchased the $18,210 Neon for his vintage automobile collection.
Walter P. Chrysler created the Plymouth brand in 1928 to draw entry-level customers and compete with Chevrolet and Ford.
The name was inspired by Plymouth Rock and the first Pilgrim colony in the U.S., and the Mayflower ship was stamped on the radiator.
The first Plymouth, the Model Q, was publicly shown at Madison Square Garden in New York. It offered many features of more expensive Chrysler models, including available four-wheel hydraulic brakes and full-pressure engine lubrication.
The year 1928 proved monumental for the company and founder Walter Chrysler. Chrysler Corp. announced the acquisition of Dodge Bros. on May 30, opened the Chrysler Engineering Building on July 2 and completed the Dodge Bros. acquisition on July 31.
By doing so, Chrysler became the third-largest automaker in the world behind General Motors and Ford. The DeSoto car also debuted on Aug. 4, 1928.