Introducing the Chrysler 300Series in 1955 fitted with the 331 cub in 300 hp Hemi V8, Chrysler not only introduced a new series of luxury cars but also the term Muscle Cars.
Designed by Chryslers Chief Designer Bob Rogers, this 18 foot long 4000 plus pound car was known as the most powerful American manufactured car available.
Likewise the Hemi V8 was America’s most powerful engine producing almost 1 hp for each cubic inch of capacity, this being the power output domain of race car engines not a production car.
When first released although the 300 created a storm of enthusiasm for power along with luxury, the sales figures for its first year were quite pitiful.
However there is nothing like racing and winning to really put a car ‘on the map’ and during 1955 and 56 this Chrysler muscle car featured well in stock car racing at Daytona and other stock car tracks around the USA.
Proving what has been shown time and time again worldwide, the well known scenario of win on Sunday sell on Monday.
The Chrysler 300 Series was an attractive car, more so when the use of chrome was reduced, along with badging.
Model identification was simple, each new model went to the next letter in the alphabet. 1956 was model 300B, 1957 300C, 1958 modelD and so on.
The last Chrysler 300 Series was the 1965 300L by which time the Hemi engine had been replaced with the 413 cub in 380 hp Wedge engine due to the high manufacturing costs of the Hemi.
Right through its production years the 300 series was promoted as a luxury high-powered car, along with a price tag to match.
In 1957 the Hemi had been increased to 392 cub in producing 375 hp. On Chrysler’s test track a 300C was put through its paces and recorded a top speed of 145 mph.
Very impressive for a car of this size and weight, and about this time it was nicknamed ‘a bankers hot rod’.
For 1970 Chrysler produced the 300 Hurst, it was 2 door coupe or convertible, with a 440 cub in 375 hp engine and 3 speed auto.
Chrysler wasnt finished with the 300 as from 1999 to 2004 they produced the 300M, and for 2005 on it was the Chrysler 300 but were now non- letter.