1957 Chrysler 300C
Chrysler 1957 300C
The 1957 Chrysler 300C is considered by many aficionados to be the definitive version of the brands celebrated Letter Series which launched with the 1955 model. In an age of design excess the 1957 300C offered elegance combined with the swagger and power of an American muscle car. Many key elements came together in the creation of the 1957 300C giving it a revered position in automotive history and making it a very desirable collector car.
The dramatic automobile introduced long low and sleek styling conceived under Chrysler design chief Virgil Exner and previewed by the dramatic Chrysler Dart/Diablo concept car. Discriminating drivers were in awe of the 375hp 392cid Hemi V8 with dual four barrel carburetors. The most powerful engine in an American production car of that time.
Engineering advances featured on the 300C included torsion bar front suspension, a chassis tuned for sporty handling, and the debut of the TorqueFlite three speed automatic transmission with pushbutton controls. Chrysler produced just 1,918 of these coupes for 1957.
This Chrysler comes from a collector who purchased it in 2003, just two years after it had been restored.
The foundation for the restoration work was a very sound car and the great attention to detail that took place during the work is clearly apparent. Its lustrous black paint, tan interior and optional Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels enhance the dramatic design of the car to stunning effect.
Adding to its impressive looks, the Chrysler also has the optional six-way power seat, power brakes, power windows and Town and Country radio, as well as the power steering that was standard for the 300C. It has been driven less than 1,000 miles since restoration, spending the last eight years carefully garaged. The odometer currently shows 60,041 miles.
In early 2010, the 300C received additional service attention, including new spark plug tubes, valve cover gaskets and a brake service which included rebuilt wheel cylinders and a new master cylinder. The master window switch was also replaced.
The 1957 Chrysler 300C remains a singular expression of American style and performance and this striking model offers the opportunity to own an elegant restored example.