When Chrysler bought Dodge in 1928, the need for a dedicated parts manufacturer, supplier, and distribution system to support the growing automotive enterprise led to the formation of the Chrysler Motor Parts Corporation (CMPC) in 1929.
The name Mopar — a simple combination of the words “MOtor” and “PARts” — was first trademarked for a line of antifreeze products in 1937, and at that time, the Mopar name also was widely used as a moniker for the CMPC.
What started simply as a desire to undertake product maintenance efficiently and supply repair parts across all Chrysler products, Mopar quickly began to stand for more than just antifreeze. It developed into a popular automotive brand that would fuel a car-enthusiast passion for decades to come.
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