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.
Making Your Chrysler 300 Safer During Long Road Trips
The handsome Chrysler 300 makes for a great companion over long road trips. This large and comfortable sedan can hold well to the road, even on curves and bumps. Thanks to its responsive powertrains and engaging handling, the 300 is surely fun to drive.
The 300 is not all about looks and performance—it is packed with many safety features, too, so you can be adventurous and safe on the road at the same time. The 300 has antilock brakes, electronic stability control, and daytime running lights. It has side airbags and a driver knee airbag that protects the driver's knees from impact during frontal collisions. Its newer models have a rollover sensor that sets up the side curtain airbags when the car is about to roll over.
Safe as it is designed to be, the 300 can only do so much in the safety department. After all, you are responsible for your passengers' and your car's safety on the road. Doing the following maintenance checks and procedures will help you ensure that you and all your passengers get into the car alive and will also get out of it alive and unharmed:
- Do a test drive before taking your car for a long drive.
Just because your car has not shown any sign of danger when you drive it every day does not mean it will work just as fine this time. Accidents happen when you least expect them. Take your car for a quick test drive around your neighborhood or the local freeway to check for signs of trouble in the gauges, feel any weird movements or shakes, and listen to any unusual sound. Watch out for safety red flags—for example, a brake pedal that feels soft might mean the brake fluid is contaminated or the brake pads are already worn-out.
Is your 300 due for an oil change? Check your owner's manual for the oil-change interval recommended by Chrysler; if your car is close to the schedule already, then it is time to change oil. Failure to change the engine oil regularly can be fatal not just to your engine's moving parts (as lack of oil increases friction) but also to lives.
- Flush your brake fluid when necessary.
Over time, brake fluid absorbs moisture enough to cause your car's brake parts to rust. See to it that the brake reservoir is filled up to the "full" mark. If it is not, or if your 300 has not had a flush in more than two years, then flush the brake fluid as soon as possible. This way, you will keep any brake issue from happening.
- Check your car battery regularly.
Driving with a dying battery is an accident waiting to happen. No one wants to be stranded and exposed to the risks of the road. Check your battery—its terminals should be free from corrosion. If the terminals are corroded, use a wire cable brush to clean it off. Make sure also that the positive and negative leads on the battery terminals are tight. If they are loose, secure them tightly.
Chrysler 300: A Quick Car that Sustains
It all started in 1953 when Chrysler’s chief engineer, Robert MacGregor Rodger, thought of producing a model that can carry a Hemi engine that can reach 300 horsepower. Pursuing his plans despite the lack in budget, he bolted various parts from Chrysler models Imperial, New Yorker, and Windsor together, giving birth to the Chrysler 300. Since then, the model has taken a bumpy road in the market including a twenty-year pit stop.
1955: Quick beginnings
When Chrysler 300 was released in 1955, it has immediately caught the attention of many as it literally ran miles ahead of the other cars in its generation. Thanks to its Hemi engine, it can be driven at an excellent 300 hp, making it the most powerful production car in the US during the time. However, Chrysler thought that they needed to make a look that can match the performance of the Chrysler 300.
1957-1960: First major changes
1957 marks a milestone in the Chrysler 300 styling as it has underwent an obvious facelift. It featured tailfins which are very popular during the ‘50s and ‘60s. A convertible option was available and the interiors were styled with fine leather materials. The Chrysler 300 exuded glamour and sex appeal, making it a popular purchase for the coming years.
In 1959, it started to use a 423-cubic-inch wedge motor, giving the Hemi engine a long sabbatical. Come 1960, however, it featured a ram-tuned long runner intake manifold that made it reach 400 hp. This obviously excited many consumers as sales reached up to a 75% increase from the previous year.
1967-1971: Prelude to a long break
The Chrysler 300 started to cope with the fast pace of technology in 1967 with upgrades such as power windows, cruise control system, power seats, and electric door lock above all. In 1969, its styling was upgraded into the famous fuselage design. However, sales still dived and the last 300 units in the next 20 years or so were produced in 1971.
1999-2004: The Chrysler 300 comeback
After almost 30 years of ceased production, the Chrysler 300 came back to showrooms in 1999. It made quite a stir because it became a four-door, front-wheel drive sedan which is the exact opposite of the two-door, rear-wheel driven Chrysler 300s of the past. Nonetheless, it retained the leather seating surfaces and power seats the model is known for. It savored the attention and made no notable modifications until 2005.
2005-present: A car to stay
The year 2005 marks the return of the Hemi engine. This time, it has the ability to conserve fuel by shutting half its capacity when the vehicle is under light load. It also boasts of other high-end features including an 8.4-inch Uconnect Touch and a special Beats by Dr. Dre sound system. Indeed, the Chrysler 300 may have left the market for quite some time, but it seems like it does not intend to rest for good.