Cars Then & Now

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1955 Chrysler C-300
Original Base Price: $4,100
The Chrysler 300 debuted in 1955 already at the top — the most powerful American car in production. The 300 got its name from the 331-cubic-inch 5.4-liter HEMI “Firepower” V8 that produced 300 horsepower, teamed with Chrysler’s relatively new “Powerflite” fully automatic transmission. This American marvel came with sport suspension, leather seats and was only available as a coupe in black, white or red. The sport coupe could hit 127 mph, setting the Flying Mile record in Daytona for production cars in 1955 — 7 mph faster than any competitor.

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