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nameplate - Circa 1950 model
We are told that this is one of four
Chrysler sirens presented to the Chinese government by the United States
government, reportedly in the 1940's.
photograph was taken in 2003 in Fujian Province, China. It is the first
color photograph we have ever seen of the this Chrysler siren model.
Two of the Chryslers remain intact
and functioning today (2004). Both sirens may have been re-powered, the
siren in the photograph clearly shows a modified exhaust system which is
on the wrong side for the original Chrysler 140-HP straight 8-cylinder
engine. The other remaining siren is driven by a 55KW electric motor,
likely a conversion. These are the only early Chrysler sirens know to
exist anywhere in the world, and they are both in operating condition.
We owe a debt to the Chinese government for taking such good care of our