Chrysler 300: A Brief History

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1957 Chrysler 300C
With the new power came even better performance. Sixty mph arrived in just 8 seconds — very fast for the time — and top speed exceeded 145 mph. The 300C wasn’t simply fast in a straight line; with a lower center of gravity, special suspension and front torsion bar, the car was one of the best handling vehicles of its time. The large fins — Chrysler referred to them as stabilizers —reportedly increased stability at higher speeds. The elegant performance car was nicknamed the “Beautiful Brute.” Total production of the 300C was 2,251 vehicles, 484 of which were convertibles.

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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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