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1957 Chrysler 300C

The 300 series 'Letter Cars' from Chrysler was first introduced in 1955 and initially developed to allow the 300 to compete in the brand new NASCAR racing series, which they did with great success. The 1957 300C Convertible was introduced at Daytona, running the famed Flying Mile at Daytona Beach, which would eventually morph into the Daytona 500. The 300 C was long, low, and sleek, and the fastest production vehicle available that year with a top speed of 150 mph. Initially displacing 331.1 cubic-inches in 1955, the hemispherical engine had grown to a 392 cubic-inch displacement by 1957, and was backed by a three-speed Torqueflite automatic and dual quads. The overhead-valve engine had five main bearings, a 9.25:1 compression ratio, and two Carter four-barrel carburetors helping to develop 375 horsepower at 5,200 rpm and 420 ft-lbs of torque. An optional version of the engine had a 10.0:1 compression ratio, a 2.5-inch low back-pressure exhaust system, four-bolt cast-iron exhaust headers, and solid valve lifters developing 390 horsepower at 5,400 RPM. This modified engine was intended for stock racing and acceleration trials. The Chrysler 300C had a new dual-arm torsion bar front suspension that gave it superior handling with far less body roll than any coil spring design. Power-assisted drum brakes provided the stopping power for the 126-inch wheelbase vehicle. To aid in cooling the brakes, a rectangular opening below the headlamps directed air via a duct to the front brakes.

The period advertisement stated, 'Suddenly, It's 1960!' Introduced on October 30th of 1956, the company would sell 1.2 million vehicles that year, one of the best years in its history. Virgil Exner described the new 300C lineup of Chrysler as 'the new shape of motion.' The 300C had been fully redesigned with a lower, sleeker profile noted as 'flight-swept' styling, with sculpted body lines and respectable rear fins, that Chrysler described as 'stabilizers.' Period wind tunnel tests confirmed that the fins stabilized the 300 at high speeds. They bodysides devoid of external trim, except for the single spear-like moldings on the lower rear quarter panels, resulting in a smooth, clean, and tastefully designed car. In the front was a new grille that was unlike any seen on previous Chrysler vehicles. Nameplate medallions were located on the side spears, one on each hubcap, on the decklid, at the top center of the grille, glovebox, and within the steering wheel center hub. The medallion on the spears included both numbers and letters, while the others had only the '300' designation. Unlike other 1957 Chrysler models, the 300C did not have the narrow vertical bumper guards. Colors were monotone and used exclusively on the 300.

The 300C continued to be the highest price vehicles within the Chrysler lineup, with the two-door hardtop having a factory list price of $4,930 and the convertible at $5,360. Production remained extremely exclusive with 1,918 of the hardtop and 484 of the convertible.

The Chrysler 300C was classified in the New Yorker line but had very little in common with Chrysler's other cars. It contained all of the amenities of the New Yorker with a plush interior that's upholstered in fine tan leather. The dashboard had a unique look with gauges set on three protruding pods, while Chrysler's pushbutton-operated TorqueFlite automatic transmission is set to the left.

Beginning the with first 300 Letter Car of 1955, it would earn Chrysler championship titles in both the NASCAR Grand National (now Sprint Cup) and AAA stock car racing series. These race-bred achievements found their way into road-going Chryslers and paved the way for future America performance cars.


by Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2020

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1957 Vehicle Profiles

1957 Chrysler 300C vehicle information

Hardtop

The 1957 Chrysler 300C represents the pinnacle of the first generation of Chrysler Hemi engines. This Virgil Exner design features what many automobile aficionados consider to be the best use of fins - a clean, well-proportioned design.....[continue reading]

1957 Chrysler 300C vehicle information

Convertible

Chrysler's fifties high performance, big luxury car was the 300 'Letter Series.' Starting in 1955 with the 'A' suffix, the series lasted through 1965 with 'L' ('I' was omitted) and was labeled as a precursor of the muscle car. The 300C (1957) is cons....[continue reading]

1957 Chrysler 300C vehicle information

Convertible

This car is S/N 1 of the 1957 Chrysler 300's --- the first Chrysler 300 convertible ever built.
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1957 Chrysler 300C vehicle information

Hardtop

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1957 Chrysler 300C vehicle information

Convertible

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1957 Chrysler Concepts

Concepts by Chrysler

Chrysler Monthly Sales Volume

June 2019
12,941
May 2019
10,903
April 2019
8,987
March 2019
12,169
February 2019
10,368
January 2019
9,054
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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

$295-$4,929
1957 300C
$5,357-$16,800
1957 Chrysler 300C Price Range: $4,929 - $5,357

$3,715 - $3,830

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Chrysler
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)128,921
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)96,454
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)77,285
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)69,970
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)63,681
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)122,273
1956Chevrolet (1,567,117)Ford (1,408,478)Buick (572,024)152,777
1955Chevrolet (1,704,667)Ford (1,451,157)Buick (738,814)152,777
1954Ford (1,165,942)Chevrolet (1,143,561)Plymouth (463,148)105,030
1953Chevrolet (1,346,475)Ford (1,247,542)Plymouth (650,451)170,006
1952Chevrolet (818,142)Ford (671,733)Plymouth (396,000)87,470

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