The Chicago Car Club is interested in classic cars of all makes and models, especially a 1955-1970 Chrysler 300. We make the process of selling your 1955-1970 Chrysler 300 quick and painless. In just a matter of hours we will have your classic valued and, if you do so choose, turned into money in your pocket. All it takes is a phone call or electronic inquiry to get the ball rolling.
The 300 was a model group of cars that were made from 1955 to 1970. Most of the cars were given a new letter designation for each successive model, so they are most often called the “letter series” cars. They were full sized cars that had some luxury features and options, but they are most known for their performance. They are considered to be the first American muscle cars.
The first 300 model came out in 1955. The “300” in the name designation came from its 300 horsepower production. Being the first of the series, it had no letter assigned, but retroactively, people have called this year the “300A.” The 1956 was the 300B and a new letter was added each successive year. The exception was that there was no letter “I” in the progression.
The 300 was originally designed for the NASCAR circuit. They were quite successful, winning dozens of races. It won the NASCAR and AAA championships in its first year. It had Chrysler’s most powerful engine, the 331 cu in (5.4 L) FirePower “Hemi” V8, fitted with twin 4-barrel carburetors, a race-profiled camshaft setup, solid valve lifters, stiffer suspension, and a performance exhaust system. It had a 0-60 speed of 9.8 seconds and a top speed of 130 mph.
By the time the 300-C came out in 1957, the engine block was increased in size to 392 cu in, producing an incredible 390 horsepower. They claimed the title of the world’s most powerful production engine. In 1959, the Hemi was replaced by the “Golden Lion” V8, with 412 cu in which had the same horsepower but more torque. The 60’s saw the 300’s reach 400 horsepower.
Each year saw sales ranging from 400 units to a couple thousand sold. Examples in good condition are highly prized by collectors today.