Chrysler 300: A Brief History

1960 Chrysler 300F
Original Price: $5,411 (hardtop), $5,841 (convertible)
Current Value: $44,500 (hardtop), $99,600 (convertible)
After three years of the same basic look, the 1960 300 received new styling. The fins increased in size, starting at the front of the door and ending with V-shaped taillights and a faux spare on the trunk that was jokingly referred to as the “toilet seat” or “bird bath.” The 1960 model employed unibody construction for the first time, which made the car lighter and gave it a more solid feel. The interior also got a makeover that included four individual leather bucket seats, with front swivel seats now standard. A center console stretched from the instrument panel to the rear seats, and included large armrests and storage compartments.

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3 thoughts on “Chrysler 300: A Brief History

  1. My Dad bought one of the first 300’s in 1955, only about 1,700 made. It roared like a lion when you stepped down on the throttle and took off like a rocket.You could almost see the gas guage dropping at 100mph +/ I ran it once (based on the speedometer) at 130mph in North Dakota where we lived.. Went from Minot to Bismarck in 1hr 10 min. 120 miles. That was quite a car for the times, broke the Daytona record flying mile for stock production cars…

  2. I bought a brand new 300C convert. at Ennis Motors in Mil. WI. in 1957. In the 70’s bought a 57 C HT for $750 and restored it. Drove it to the Nationals in Reno in 77, got a trophy for driven daily. Started the “Lower Puget Sound 300 Club” along with others. Bought 2 300 E’s, and a 300L, never restored them. In 1979 bought a brand new 1979 300. Sold them all, and today have a 300 M and a Dodge Magnum and belong to Mopars Unlimited, and Modern Mopars of Snohomish County. Also belonged to WPC club at one time.

  3. I especially liked the old vs. new picture with the similarities and differences. Both the old and the new are beautiful cars. M

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