It is well known that in the United States, the 9150s were an era of unparalleled extravagance in automotive terms, when manufacturers outdid each other every year in an endless array of chrome, glitter and ever-growing tail finds. But that’s not all. Thanks to the 1955 Chrysler 300 and its successors until 1962, it was also a time of tasteful luxury and above all, performance. Designed by Virgil Exner, the Chrysler 300 was a very expensive car, at $4,100 in 1955, and correspondingly rare and exclusive, as only 1,725 were made in the first year, and featured full leather upholstery. Discreet this car was not . Despite its awesome performance, it was still longer, wider and more outrageous than anything on the road, which is exactly how they wanted it.
The original, 1955 Chrysler 300 was powered by a 300-horsepower, 5.4-liter V8, paired to a three-speed automatic or four-speed manual transmission. In either case, it was more than enough for a 125 miles per hour top speed, and a 0-60 time 8 seconds (in the case of the 300C). That was a REALLY fast car for the time. Over the years, several versions of the 300 of them were made (the ‘letter’ cars), some of which established speed records for passenger cars. The fastest was the 300G of 1961, with a 145 miles per hour top speed and 450 horsepower.
Today, the 1955 Chrysler 300 and all its successors are very collectible cars, valuable, loved and appreciated, and some of the worthiest examples of a time of unbridled design and imagination