Chrysler 300: A Brief History

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1955 Chrysler 300
With the new 300, Chrysler hoped to bring more excitement to the brand. Considering the car’s power, style and premium price, it was dubbed “the banker’s hot rod.” Weighing in at more than 4,000 pounds, the 300 was still able to hit 127 mph — setting the Flying Mile record in Daytona for production cars in 1955 — 7 mph faster than any competitor. This quick Chrysler began dominating the NASCAR field and would continue to do so for several years. Only 1,725 Chrysler 300s were built in 1955, but this performance coupe was just the beginning; there would be 10 more years of the 300 with something new every year.

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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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