Chrysler 300: A Brief History

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1999–2004 Chrysler 300M
Only one engine was available for the 300M: a 3.5-liter V6 putting out 253 horsepower — quite shy of the expected 300 horses based on the name and its namesake, but still decently powerful for the time. And with a zero-to-60 mph time of 7.5 seconds, the 300M was actually faster than most of those legendary 300s from the ‘50s and ‘60s. The 300M was also nicely equipped with luxury amenities including leather and wood trim, 17-inch aluminum wheels and a classic analog clock in the center dash. The 300M was built until the 2004 model 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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