Chrysler's 300 was nothing less than a sensation. A quiet, comfortable and elegant luxury car, it concealed blistering performance behind restrained styling and thrust it up front with the large, aggressive grille from the Imperial, then supported it with an upgraded suspension derived from Chrysler's experience on the beaches and oval tracks of NASCAR. Its comfort and performance led to its nickname as the 'Businessman's Hot Rod'. The 300 first appeared in 1955 and was sold as the C-300. Chrysler sold only 1,725 of them but its performance and handling made it an instant hit among the automotive press, and the magazines raved. Performance cars from Chevrolet and Ford simply had no answer when a lawyer or banker pulled up alongside at a stoplight in a Chrysler 300. The 300's performance, based on Chrysler's Hemi V-8, was the stuff of legend and the car's influence went far beyond its limited production. The engine's design flowed from Chrysler's experience with airplane engines in the Second World War and the production version was fitted with two Carter four-barrel carburetors and an aggressive high lift cam with stiff valve springs that allowed to breathe and rev. Coupled to a PowerFlite automatic transmission, it displaced just 331 cubic inches in the 1955 C-300, but its 300 horsepower put it right up with the best of them at the pinnacle of American performance.
This 1955 Chrysler C-300 2-Door Hardtop is a gorgeous example finished in white over a tan leather interior. It has chrome wire wheels, wide whitewall tires, power windows, power steering, power brakes, radio and a dash clock. Originally purchased in Missouri, it later made its way to the dry climate of New Mexico, where it remained until 2004. It then received a high quality body-on restoration that included a rebuilt engine, carburetors, transmission, starter, generator, master cylinder and brakes as well as new paint, upholstery and dual exhaust. It has since been enjoyed lightly but is still a very presentable and gorgeous car from the very first year of Chrysler's famous Letter Cars. A great car both cosmetically and mechanically, it is more than up for demonstrating the combination of style, class and top-notch performance that made the Chrysler C-300 the car to beat in the mid-1950s.
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