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Chrysler 300-C

Chrysler 300-C
EngineEight-cylinder V
Displacement, (bore * stroke)6.425cm³ (102,0 mm * 99,0 mm)
Compression ratio9,25 : 1
Engine controlOHV, rocker arms
Mixture preparation2 four-barrel carburettor
Torque569 Nm at 4000 rpm
Performance276 kW (375 SAE-HP) at 5200 rpm
Drive trainFront engine, rear drive
TransmissionThree-speed converter automatic
Front suspensionWishbone, torsion bars, telescopic shock absorbers
Rear suspensionRigid axle, leaf springs, telescopic shock absorbers
BrakesDrums, hydraulical, servo
Wheels9.00 - 14
Wheelbase3.200 mm
Length5.590 mm
Width2.000 mm
Height1.390 mm
Tank capacity82 litres
Kerb weight1.950 kg
Maximum speed± 200 km/h
Purchase price CoupéFrom 5,000 Dollar
Year of manufacturing1957
Electric system12 V/ 70 Ah

Chrysler's pride

In the model designation, there was a hyphen between the '300' and 'C'. The advertising for the car showed instead of this a flash, and below the slogan 'America's Most Powerful Car - 375 hp!'

You may recognize it, the car really has plenty of performance for that time. The V8 was at the beginning of the performance race, Chrysler with the famous Hemi engine at the top. Here we have the first of these hemispherical combustion chamber shape.

For each cylinder its own venturi has already set a clear signal towards sporty engine. Furthermore, the compression was too high for fuel usual in Europe. 100 octane were requested. But there were also variants more suitable for everyday life, as well as a wealth of rear axle ratios.

Much of the rest of the technology seemed to subordinate itself. You might see it on the surprisingly low height. It is therefore no road cruiser in the classical sense. It was low-lying, sprung relatively hard and yet tolerated rough road quite well.

Under these conditions, the road holding received praise by European testers also, as did the effective brakes. Only the steering marched to a different drummer with its typical ease of running for street cruisers.

Annual income (average)Approx. 4,000 Dollar
One bread0,16 Dollar
Gallon* milk0,94 Dollar
Gallon* petrol0,22 Dollar
*1 gallon = 3,79 litres

The manufacturer also pointed out that you must not do without comfort, despite the enormous engine power. At the seats was electrically adjustable except the backrest and the distance from the steering wheel also the height thereof. Instead, with American cars not so rare press buttons.

The Cabriolet soft top was opened and closed also electrically, but still needed to be brought in a position without kinks when it was closed. Because the Coupe was also missing the B-pillar, you could shut down the windows with electrical help up to the continuous opening. 02/15               Top of page               Index
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