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New SAE International Book Covers 75 Years of Chrysler Engines

WARRENDALE, Pa., Feb. 7, 2008 - A new SAE International book chronicling more than 75 years of Chrysler engines offers a unique look at automotive history.

Written by Willem L. Weertman, Chrysler Engines, 1922-1998 covers the design, development and creation of every production engine built by the Chrysler Corporation.

Weertman, who worked as an engineer and engine designer at the Chrysler Corporation for 40 years, provides descriptions, images, specifications and timelines for each engine.  The book also examines the personalities behind the engines' development as well as the vehicles in which the engines were used.

Examples of landmark engines highlighted in the book:

  • V-6, V-8 and V-10 engines                                   
  • 426 Hemi engines                                 
  • Viper engines                                       
  • American Motors engines
  • Plus, many more            

In addition, Weertman provides the inside story on two early attempts to build and market a Chrysler-named car prior to the incorporation of Chrysler in 1925. 

Weertman is the former Chief Engineer of Engine Engineering at the Chrysler Corporation.  A Life Member of SAE International, Weertman has been involved with the society for more than 50 years.  He holds a bachelor's in engineering from Yale University, a master's in automotive engineering from the Chrysler Institute of Engineering, and a certification as a Professional Engineer in Mechanical Engineering from the State of Michigan.

The list price of his 400-plus page hardcover book is $69.95; SAE International members can purchase it for $55.96.  For more information, please visit