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Chrysler C-300 (1955)


Chrysler C-300 (1955)

The Chrysler C-300 was one of the fastest and best-handling cars on the road at the time of launch. It was also one of the first true muscle cars thanks to the now legendary Hemi engine (which had arrived in 1951). Under the hood you'd find a motor which with hemispherical combustion chambers that placed the spark plug directly in the center of the cylinder, thus ensuring the best burn and allowing the engine to run a slightly lower compression ratio than most of its contemporaries, whilst producing more power. The 300 was based on the Windsor two-door coupe and shared some of its components with the New Yorker and Imperial. It had a wishbone front and leaf rear, but all springs and shocks were uprated, making it a Hue handler. The Hemi engine showed its potential even more the following year with 340bhp (227kW) in the 300B, making it as fast as most Ferraris of the era.

Chrysler C-300 (1955) Specifications

Top speed:130 mph (208 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):8.9 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:331 ci (5,424 cc)
Transmission:2-speed auto
Max power:300 bhp (224 kW) @ 5,200 rpm
Max torque:345 lb ft (467 Nm) @ 3,200 rpm
Weight:4,005 lb (1,820 kg)
Economy:14 mpg (4.95 km/I)
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