Chrysler 300: A Brief History

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1957 Chrysler 300C
Original Price: $4,929 (hardtop), $5,359 (convertible)
Current Value: $38,700 (hardtop), $89,800 (convertible)
Designer Virgil Exner was responsible for the 300 styling, and for 1957 Exner gave it an all-new graceful look with an egg-crate grille, four headlights, cathedral-window taillights and dramatic tailfins. The 1957 model year was also the first year of the 300 convertible. With the new C designation came more power — the HEMI V8 was now displacing 392 cubic inches (6.4-liters) and producing 375 horsepower. A special order option would bump power up to 390.

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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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