In spite of General Motors Corporation and the Ford Motor Company, two giants that pioneered and established themselves in the automotive industry, there is no stopping Walter P. Chrysler from forming his own company. And so in 1924, almost three decades since motor car started invading the roads of Europe and America, He unveiled his own version of vehicle, the Cylinder Six that was presented to public at the National Auto Show in New York City which was soon followed by the production of 32,000 units of the same model in the first year alone. Two years later, Chrysler had an established company named Chrysler Corporation.
With a good start the first Chrysler vehicle had shown, the Cylinder Six was soon followed several models in different class. One of these is the very controversial Chrysler 300 that was said to be the first muscle car in history. Although some experts didn't agree to this, the Chrysler 300 started the race in making cars stronger and faster.
The development of hemispherical head V8 engine and perfection of the 331 cid hemi V-8 made Chrysler the top performing vehicle in the early 50s. This had become the power behind the Chrysler 300 (Coupe C-300) that was introduced in 1955. The 300 was derived because of the Carter 4 barrel carburetors, special manifold, solid lifter camshaft, and a big-sized exhaust, and the 300 horsepower engine. Added to that, the 300 and the C-300 possessed a very luxurious interior with leather upholstery, PowerFlite transmission, and a well designed instrumentation. An extra firm suspension made the Chrysler 300 lower and far better compared with other cars in its car in terms of high speed cornering.
The speed of the 300 and C-300 was incomparable to other vehicle at that time. When it reached 127.58 mph speed, the C-300 quickly earned its reputation. At the race track, the C-300 performed far better that others. The model 56, now called the 300B, won the Daytona in that year. In 1955 and 1956, the 300 took the overall championship at NASCAR. Meanwhile, the 1957 300 also made its mark at the Daytona Beach flying mile by winning the race and regarded as the fastest American car for three straight years. Engines were improved in the following years until it reached to 413 cu. in. wedge head design in 1959. This gave the 300 a superior power and speed. The 300 manufactured for four decades, but the original tradition formally ended in 1965.